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Old 16th April 2024, 08:52   #11
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Hi Rob I've answered your PM and given you the build data. It's a dealer launch car for sure but sadly I can't tell you anymore about it's specific history or how it was used prior to being sold at the dealership. The build records don't have that I'm afraid.

If you take a look at the Dealer Launch List thread Here

you'll see there are at least two other UNV registered cars like yours





But as to whether they went to the same dealership as yours, I couldn't say.
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Old 16th April 2024, 12:56   #12
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Thanks everyone for the information.

I'm working on the basis that my car was probably pre-registered by Rover, was part of their ACOP programme for employees, or was a management car.

There's a post on mg-rover.org that mentions ACOP cars were registered via the Kettering DVLA office and would therefore have had Northampton suffixes or pre-fixes (depending on when it was registered). I've been told by a former Rover employee that the Rugby preparation centre was used from the mid-1990s until the Rover/Land Rover split.


"ACOP/Employee Cars were not registered in Birmingham, most were done in Kettering (Northampton) as it was the closest office to where the cars were PDI'd hence the "KV" or "K?" plates.

The vast majority of Engineering cars were registered in Birmingham, "BX" plates as they didn't require PDI as we used to do them all in the Flight Shed or in Methods build."
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For the period your car is from BX wouldn’t have been around it would have been OE,OX ect. Our LNV reg cars were stamped Cowley engineering workshops but we think they were at a specific launch…
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For the period your car is from BX wouldn’t have been around it would have been OE,OX ect. Our LNV reg cars were stamped Cowley engineering workshops but we think they were at a specific launch…
Yeah, the registration letters quoted in the forum post mentioned were for post-2001 cars, but I assume the locations still apply for cars with pre-2001 registration numbers.
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Hi Rob I've answered your PM and given you the build data. It's a dealer launch car for sure but sadly I can't tell you anymore about it's specific history or how it was used prior to being sold at the dealership. The build records don't have that I'm afraid.

If you take a look at the Dealer Launch List thread Here

you'll see there are at least two other UNV registered cars like yours





But as to whether they went to the same dealership as yours, I couldn't say.
Interestingly, those two cars were registered on the same day as mine (27th September), so I wonder if Rover was pre-registering launch cars they had left in stock to hit a number/market share for September 1999.
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Old 22nd April 2024, 02:39   #16
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For the period your car is from BX wouldn’t have been around it would have been OE,OX ect.
On post September 2001 cars BX would be Birmingham. On pre September 2001 cars BX would be Carmarthenshire in West Wales.
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