The Rover SD1 Series 2


On 20th January 1982, Rover launched a facelifted SD1 range, which embraced the same five models as before, plus the new four-cylinder 2000. The new cars were built at Cowley and benefitted from a mass of worthwhile improvements. Styling changes made the 1982 models immediately recognisable.

The headlamps were now flush with the bonnet panel and a chrome trim strip ran above them and along the lower edge of the bonnet. A black plastic radiator air intake grille ran across the full width of the car. Both front and rear bumpers changed to a new black poly-urethane bumper with its increased wrap-around. And al models except the new 2000 and the 2300 had a deformable plastic spoiler painted to match the body. All models had a new rear window, enlarged downwards for better visibility and equipped as standard with a wash/ wipe system.

On the rear of the car a full widt badge plinth used with approptiate badging to distinguish one model from another. The Vanden Plas model had a black side rub-bing strip mounted below the body indentation, with a bright insert to continue the bumper line. Restyled alloy wheels were standard on the 3500SE and optional on other models, while on the Vanden Plas they had a machined and painted finish. The 2300S and 2600S gained stainless steel wheel trims of a new design.

Both V8 models also had a twin coachline. Bronze tinted glass was standard on the V8s and optional on lesser models and, as before, mudflaps and front foglamps were standard on these two models and optional elsewhere. The Vanden Plas had headlamp washers mounted in its front overrid-ers, and these too could be ordered at extra cost on other models.

See for your selve the differences by selecting on of the cars below.