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Old 16th April 2019, 14:32   #11
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Old 16th April 2019, 15:31   #12
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The eyebrow and lower part of the dash are printed plastic walnut effect, whereas the upper dash on the earlier cars was vaneered

They never match even on the launch cars, they're a lot closer though, the match seems to have got worse over the years.

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Just because its an 02 does not mean its real veneer.My guess its been changed by a previous owner.
The real wood dash is a nice fit around the air vents, the plastic version has huge gaps.

All those look tight to me.

I guess wood is wood, and it varies. Plastic is uniform.
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Old 16th April 2019, 19:22   #14
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The real wood dash is a nice fit around the air vents, the plastic version has huge gaps.

All those look tight to me.

I guess wood is wood, and it varies. Plastic is uniform.

The gaps in the dash are as you say - tight. At least they appear so. I think the vents might have a lip that covers the join so giving the impression. I'm trying to convince myself it looks like a Georgian sideboard. Think I'll stick to my thought that it was an item on the order form and Rover leaned over, backwards, as they did so many times.
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I remember a talk at a Club National at Gaydon by an ex MGR Homologation Engineer as to why they changed to plastic.

He said it was because the real wood veneer versions were difficult to make to the quality standards. At one point QA were rejecting in the region of 65%
To me, apart from the better quality, each dashboard is unique.
But, unfortunately for MGR, too costly.
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Old 16th April 2019, 19:55   #16
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I remember a talk at a Club National at Gaydon by an ex MGR Homologation Engineer as to why they changed to plastic.

He said it was because the real wood veneer versions were difficult to make to the quality standards. At one point QA were rejecting in the region of 65%
To me, apart from the better quality, each dashboard is unique.
But, unfortunately for MGR, too costly.
Well mine certainly is!
Some years ago, too many to count, I had a R-R and went to a demonstration at their wood workshop. Absolutely amazing skills and quality materials. To my eyes the wood in the 75 is easily on a par.
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Old 16th April 2019, 20:07   #17
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Due to the flash, this picture does not do it justice.
The late Trimani had a fantastic grain on his dashboard



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