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Car Of The Month :
October 2015

'An Unusual Story' by eumjmorris

On the 30th July 2015 I was approached by Ivan, a retired ex Longbridge toolmaker now in his 70ís who drives a Club CDT Tourer
and Rover 213s, to ask if his Rover 75 2.5 litre V6 Connoisseur was of interest to me.

He really needed to clear the car from his garage, however it had been stored for five and a half years, following the expiry of its last ever MoT. Luckily Ivan is located only a couple of miles away so I went to view.

Looking rather smart in HFF British Racing Green 3, sandstone beige leather, union wheels with good tyres, low-line satellite navigation, rain sensing wipers and auto-dimming rear view mirror, the 75 had only travelled a total of 52,000 miles and had been regularly started, it seemed a viable project dependent of MoT findings, the only downside was a rubbed steering wheel.

It was tested on the 5th August 2015 which it sailed through, so a deal with Ivan was concluded at a very modest price.

The car was first registered on the 31st March 2004 via the Bromsgrove Phoenix dealership (ex-Clarks), interestingly with a London registration; however the build record shows the date of production as 28th April 2003. The only service history for the car is at Clarks, Kidderminster during 2005 at 12,000 miles.

I have now added a Union full size spare wheel, cleaned and dyed the steering wheel, fitted a driverís side grab handle, oil and filters changed, reset the service indicator and fitted a smiley plate to the rear.

The car drives superbly, tight, smooth and responsive with good gear changes but it still needs a few more miles as a shakedown to remove the cobwebs due to lack of use.

Rather than lying unused, it now shares the company of other previously featured 75 and ZT Cars of the Month.

Article written by member eumjmorris

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