- Price: 95,000 GBP
- Factory Date: 1982
- Telephone: 0771 2626378
- City: Llandudno
- Country: United Kingdom
- Listed: december 31, 2023 5:32 pm
- Expires: 27 days, 13 hours
- Ad id: 648841
Thought to be the first competition car built under
the Austin Rover Group Motorsport brand, this SD1
was plucked from the assembly line. It was ushered
off into a workshop where it was modified.
After completion the keys were handed to motorsport legend, Tony Pond, who went on to campaign the car in the Century Oils and Pace Petroleum series of the early ‘80s.
Once Tony had had his fun with the car, Rover’s attention
turned to Scotland, where champion rally driver Ken
Wood was smashing through the stages in a V8 powered
TR7. This was good for Ken, of course, but bad for Rover,
as the TR7 had ceased production. If someone was going
to be winning the Scottish stages in a BL product, it
needed to be current. So, Ken was given
the SD1 to campaign. He was unsure at first, but with well
over 300bhp, the SD1 had promise. He set his sights on
some stage wins here and there, get as many points as he
could. Instead, thanks to his skill and the car’s power, he
came second in the 1983 Scottish Rally Championship. But
Ken and co driver Peter Wood weren’t done yet.
The car was given a facelift to bring up to the same visual
specification as the new Vitesse model and in 1984, the
car was once again campaigned through the stages of Scotland, and this time it won.
This car is working piece of rally folklore, and sounds amazing!
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