In November 2006 I decided it was time to expand the Rover fleet and bought a 800 Coupé.
This model is a two-door three-box, booted coupé which had been originally developed with the American market in mind but was never sold there, Rover having pulled out of the US market before the coupé's launch. It was, however, sold to other export markets. Eighty percent of the interior and exterior of the 800 coupe was finished by hand.
My research into the 800 before purchasing was extensive and I had decided that as I am more into comfort than speed the Vittese was not for me, the 827 was slated for poor ride qualities and so the facelift MK2 model seemed to be the one to go for.
I opted for the 820 NASP which has all the Rover electrical toys, leather interior and climate control. The car has rust free bodywork and is very good mechanically. The suspension was however in a state of disrepair and had to have extensive work done to bring it up to standard. New shock absorbers all round, front wheel bearings, ARB bushes and drop links, brake discs and pads all round, front calipers, CV boots, CTS sensor, alloy wheels and four tyres.
Ever since I bought the 800 coupe I was never a fan of the marque, I spent a small fortune renewing worn components in the hope that I would grow to like it, but sadly I never did enjoy driving the car.
A forum member asked if it was for sale as he had a friend looking for a nice 800 coupe and I decided to let it go. I can't say I miss it, but I do hope Tony will be very happy with his new toy...
With the Coupe out of the way I was left with space for yet another Rover. This time I went from buying a silly car to buying a stark raving bonkers 1994 Range Rover Vogue with a 4.2 litre V8. It certainly is a gas guzzler but great fun to drive
Olly has been under the wet & dry over the past few days and is looking much better after a lot of hard work cutting and polishing the paintwork