1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

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1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Sat May 14, 2016 10:27 am

Hello all,

As you know i am the owner of a lovely 1989 Rover 827 Vitesse in the colour steel grey. Recently i bought a Rover SD1 as well. :D
1982 V8 Vanden Plas with just 108.000 km on the clock. The colour is oporto red and it is just stunning. It was owned by a Swiss restaurant owner who used it to burble around the mountains to buy food for the restaurant. his restaurant owner brought it to a friend of mine who has a Rover garage. This friend of mine approached me and said i would be the perfect owner for the SD1. It was not pampered but well maintained. The interior and exterior did need some TLC and maintenance was done. In april i flew to Switzerland to work on it with my friend and drove the SD1 back to the Netherlands. At home i continued the cosmetic refresh.

-Engine oil/filter changed.
-Gearbox flushed/filter changed/ gasket changed.
-Brake fluid changed.
-New headlights installed because the old ones had dirty reflectors.
-New tires.

Cosmetics done.
-Roof painted.
-boot lid painted.
-Emblem hood changed.
-Window frame primed and matt black.
-Rust under window removed/rust remedy/primed/lacquer/clear lacquer.
-Rust near the left rear wheel removed/rust remedy/primed/lacquer/clear lacquer.
-Painted the bumpers.
-Exhaust sanded down, painted with heat resistant paint.
-Spare tire housing painted (outside visible below the bumper) with stone chip spray and matt black.
-Sills painted matt black.
-Steering wheel was changed.
-Wood partially changed for better examples.
-Washed/polished.

This is how the SD1 looked.
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Work started:
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Headlight change:
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Looks much better after a clean and the new grey steering wheel!
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Importing the car in the Netherlands:
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At home i continued:
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Today i made some pictures of the result! :D
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Post by Richard Moss » Sat May 14, 2016 10:50 am

That is beautiful - I am so jealous!
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Post by SJG » Sat May 14, 2016 12:38 pm

That looks lovely Marc. Look forward to seeing more of the excellent work you do to your cars
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Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Sat May 14, 2016 6:14 pm

Thanks guys! :D
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Post by vito » Sat May 14, 2016 7:48 pm

Quite stunning, always would have liked a Vitesse SD1 myself to go with my 820 Vitesse.

The dash design was ahead of its time cleverly being equally split for left hand/right hand drive modular conversion.

Again, beautiful car in a lovely colour.

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Post by n1tr0_9 » Mon May 16, 2016 1:53 pm

I love SD1's, I have two! Oporto red is such a great colour too especially with a pale interior.

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Post by Dickie524 » Mon May 16, 2016 2:38 pm

Fantastic work, and a real find! Congratulations!

I wanted an SD1 when I first got into 800's actually!!
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Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Mon May 16, 2016 4:53 pm

Thanks guys!! It is something special to have these cars!
Real classics and indeed the colour of the SD1 suits it perfect.
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Post by n1tr0_9 » Tue May 17, 2016 4:02 pm

Marc are you a member of the Rover sd1 club? They have quite an active forum if you ever need parts or advice.

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Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Tue May 17, 2016 5:32 pm

n1tr0_9 wrote:Marc are you a member of the Rover sd1 club? They have quite an active forum if you ever need parts or advice.
That is a good tip thanks! Will have a look for their website!
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Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Tue May 17, 2016 5:46 pm

Did another job on the SD1. The previous owner did some repair and primed it so it would not rust. A few days ago i cleaned the surface so that i could let the fresh paint flow over in the old paint. Colour coat, clear laquer to minimize the difference and looks fine. Worked out fine if you asked me. :)
How it was:
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Finishing:
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Clearly i am not a pro but i am quite pleased.
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Post by scoobyh123 » Sat May 21, 2016 7:05 pm

More excellent work Marc! :wink: :D
Cheers,
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Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Tue May 24, 2016 4:39 pm

scoobyh123 wrote:More excellent work Marc! :wink: :D
Thanks! :D
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Post by n1tr0_9 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:43 pm

Hi Marc, yesterday was the rover sd1 National rally at Chateau Impney near drotwich birmingham. It was a great event with 72 Rover SD1's and there were at least 2 from the Netherlands and 2 from France. Next years event is already in the planning. The dates are 11th to 13th August and it will be at Wroxall Abbey Warwickshire.

Ive put some photos up from yesterday at...

http://retrorides.proboards.com/thread/ ... 0se-police

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Post by scoobyh123 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:53 pm

That's a nice collection of SD1s there! I had 7 of them some years back and a friend recently sold his last one about a year or so back.

Little bit of information about the Police Rovers used in "The Bill" (someone is asking further up the thread you linked to, i'm not on retro-rides so can't add it myself) and also by the Met at the time - i can't remember when The Bill started but i know the Met had a few SD1 V8s that they kept unregistered for a while until they needed them. Also from the late 80s, they used the 827 instead, one of which is owned by Kate (TDH Fastback) on here and between the Mets ownership and hers, it was owned by a production company and featured in The Bill. The same 827 has also been on Police Scams and Corruption - oops, i mean Police, Camera, Action!
Of course there is a famous Police Camera Action episode featuring 2 V8 SD1s, filmed in 1987, commonly known as "The Liver Run" :

https://youtu.be/qTN5X4JZFjU

If i can find the episode with the 827 in it, i'll let you know!
Cheers,
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