The Story of the Rover SD1
The Story of NR-03-TN.
The history of Rover VandenPlas NR-03-TN and its actual owner
This is my third SD1. The first one was a black 3500 VandenPlas from 1984.
The next one I bought in 1999 was also a 1984 3500 VandenPlas, a silver leaf one. This car was much better. I owned it until last year when I had a fatal accident. A woman came from the left and didn't stop. Normally, in Europe traffic from the right may drive first. This time I got a lot of money because I got a good insurance.
So in May 2003, I bought this silver leaf VandenPlas from 1985 with licence plate
The SD1 has infected me in 1976. With the introduction of the car I was stunned. In the summer of 1977, the first cars came to Holland and I found it the most beautiful car made in serial production ever (until now). Three years later, in 1980, our neighbour sometimes drove in a 3500, a company car.
My car was sold for the first time on September 25th of 1985. The car was bought by a man in the eastern part of the Netherlands, in a town called Nijverdal. By then the car had an automatic gearbox.
After ten years and 140.000 kilometres the car went to Wouter Verduyn, who lives in Veenhuizen, the northern part of the Netherlands.
The next owner was a mister Visser, a man who makes art. He lives in the middle of Netherlands, in Rijswijk in 'de Betuwe'. He only wanted the car with a manual gearbox, so the car was transformed from automatic to manual.
The car was sold to an old man in Amsterdam. He only wanted the car with an automatic gearbox, so the car was once again transformed, now from manual to automatic.
Once again the car was in the northern part of the Netherlands. And. he transformed the car again from automatic to manual. He has driven this car for almost two years. Mainly because of that, I liked this car from the very first moment.
Although the car was in good shape, there was much to be done. René had made a Vitesse from this VandenPlas with Vitesse seats and spoilers.
The next step was the airco. This car originally had an airco, but under the hood, everything was taken away in the past. So René brought the car for me to a professional airco company
and with old and new components the complete airco was build up again.
Now, finally, the car needed body restoration. I went to a company in the neighbourhood of René. Handsome, when they need spare parts or technical advice. In the last week of September, the outside of the car was completely stripped. The doors for example were complete empty. Everything was removed.
From past to present
When I write this, it is beginning of July 2004 and my car is almost ready. The roof and the hood were not painted very well, so they have to done again. Other little things such as the central door locking has to be repaired and I hope to drive my car in one ore two weeks… and going for a holiday with the Rover to Hungary.
The photos you see are taken by René. He is doing a wonderful job during this whole process. He had given much technical and logistic support to me.
René, thanks very much for the cooperation and the magnificent result !Edward Sterenborg