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An award winning Rover 214SEi with an incredible 17,988 miles from new.
Body coloured sports bumpers, bodyside mouldings with bright insert, Monochromatic rear lamps, black rear applique, green tinted glass, windscreen shadeband, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, remote tailgate release, remote fuel filler release, rear seat headrests, rear centre armrest, burr walnut fascia insert, radio frequency remote door locking, electric front windows, ‘one-shot down’ driver’s window, permetric anti-theft alarm, passive arming immobiliser. Factory options; large body colour rear spoiler.
This wonderfully preserved Rover 214SEi is finished in beautiful Nightfire Red Metallic (Code COQ). The paint has a remarkably bright finish and a pleasing polished shine. Only minor paintwork blemishes can be seen upon inspection and the cars ultra-low mileage is ever so evident in its presentation. Trim sections, badges and rubbers are fully intact. There is a very faint scuff to each corner of the front bumper and the conscientious owner has touched in stone chips and blebs to preserve and protect. Originality seekers with be impressed with the glass and lights being registration mark etched along with the dealer number plates, rear screen sticker and tax disc holder all still present. This well appointed SEi model was a desirable choice within the Rover 200 Series range and once a common sight on our roads. This rare survivor displays its low mileage and low owner credentials with pride.
The typically plush interior to be expected from Rover was further enhanced for the SEi model with Sports Style front seats and upholstery trimmed in Silverstone woven Jacquard fabric and black leather (code LNF). The interior is beautifully clean as you would expect from a car of such low mileage, and the term ‘showroom fresh’ is justified. No undue wear or damage to the trim can be detected with firm bolsters retaining all shape and pristine carpets having been protected from new by Rover carpet mats. All functions and controls operate perfectly including the original Rover R652 stereo cassette. Even the plastic film remains fitted to each of the door sill protectors! Very comfortable and awfully nostalgic!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with the K-Series 16v double overhead camshaft engine with electronic multi-point fuel injection, this 1396cc unit develops 102bhp at 6000rpm and 127Nm torque at 3000rpm. This is enough to achieve a top speed of 110mph and 0-60 is dealt with in an impressive 10.7 seconds. This well maintained example delivers responsive acceleration and a civilised driving manner. The engine bay is very clean and displays factory stickers. Gear changes via the 5 speed manual box are light and precise, affirming once more the cars low mileage credentials.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original seven spoke 15” alloy wheel rims which have never been refurbished are well presented with only light markings and scratches to the outer rims. These again have been touched in by the thoughtful owner. There is masses of tread remaining on the 185/55 R15 tyres and incredibly the unused spare is shod in the factory Michelin rubber. Also, the original unused jack and wheel brace remain unopened still in the cellophane wrapping! Diagonally split and dual-circuit servo assisted brakes offer assured straight line stopping power.
Supplied new on the 1st August 1995 by Rover Main Agents, Wrights of Sleaford, this example has had just two keepers and covered an amazing 17,988 miles from new. A new vehicle sales invoice confirms the price paid by first owner Mr Alan Walker to be £10,795 with a part exchange allowance of £800 for his brown 1984 Austin Metro 1.3L! Mr Walker kept the car for sixteen years until August 2011 when the second and only further custodian Mr Nigel Mills purchased it as a modern classic car to take to local shows and Rover Club outings. Mr Mills along with his wife were regular attendees of the Mid Lincs Rover Club Rally whereby the car has gained a number of awards and trophies including ‘Best Modern Rover’.
The large history file includes the original Rover wallet containing all handbooks, guides and dealership literature. It is quite common for vehicles of such low usage to have had minimal service work, however, the service booklet contains 13 stamped entries with the most recent at 15,698 miles. Furthermore, a large folder contains a huge collection of invoices, receipts and virtually every MOT certificate to fully document the mileage and maintenance record.
Two keys with remote fobs and an original sales brochure complete the history file. This wonderful rare car is perfect for the collector and avid modern classic Rover enthusiast alike.
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