The Story of the Rover SD1
The Story of E277DPG
The history of the Rover Twin Plenum Vitesse E277DPG and its actual owner
Hi guys and gals,
Ok, a bit of Dutch at the top to impress.
I came across your site this morning whilst at work (free high speed internet!) and saw it was a well made site. Most of the UK sites are a bit, well.....naff really. Low rent we call it. So, yours impressed me. Well, it would really, myself being half Dutch. Unlike my Dutch, which in no way will impress you!
Our first SD1 was a 1982 UK registered 2600S, which served us very well for 4 years before
the bodyshell decided to dissolve. It even lived with us for a year and a half whilst I worked at the
Catarina Ziekenhuis in Eindhoven (1992-3). At that time 'we' consisted of me, my wife Shirley and our
one year old son Christopher. The car had a name too, "Smudge", taken from the SMG in SMG879Y.
When the car had to go - the sunroof leaked and as much as I loved it, a wet backside was just too
much - we were all gutted.
So, now we have 4 SD1's as well as some other junk...
1) Red TP Vitesse - the first owner was Mr Ronnie Knight. A well known participant of the Security
Express armed robbery. He stated he bought the car for his father-in-law in Spain.
2) Black TP Vitesse - The black TP, which my wife Shirley calls 'Animal' has now learned the way to
Holland as we often go there to stock up on Brand Beer, Chocmel for the kids and to get spare
jukebox parts for my '57 Wurlitzer. Apart from the crap paint job, the door frames, bonnet, boot,
wings and shell are all very good. The engine so far seems to be OK, but the car had the wrong
gearbox in it when I bought it.
Mates always take the mick out of the fact that we have one Vitesse that was owned by a convicted crook, and another Vitesse that featured as a police car!
3) Oporto Red 2300 Auto - bought for £10.50 off eBay. Needed a new head gasket to get it running. This car has 37K on the clock and is in really nice condition for an '84 SD1. Even had its original tyres and plastic seat protectors.
4) Black VdP EFi - for spares/chopping. Cruise control and Airco to go into my black TP.
...And a Golf GTi:
...And finally a Volvo P1800S: Awaiting restoration. Same colour as the P1800S that featured in the early Saint series on TV.
Again - brilliant site,Kind regards to all
Not one of the Rimmer Brothers !!!!