Now 25 years old "Happy birthday Rover 200 coupe"

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Now 25 years old "Happy birthday Rover 200 coupe"

Post by kevinwillis » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:36 pm

On the 6th October 1992 the rover 200 coupe was unveiled at the Paris motor Show so this week past indeed two days ago marked 25 years to the day.

Happy birthday Rover 200 Coupe :D

Maybe as well as using this post to say happy birthday to our coupes some off you might want to share some off your coupe memory's from over the last 25 years or how ever long or short your involvement with the Rover 200 coupe has been.

Well I first saw a Rover coupe, indeed 3 off them in the showroom off Marshall Cambridge between Christmas and new year 1992/1993 less then three months after they where unveiled in Paris. They where all Tahiti Blue and all looked nearly the same apart from the subtle differences. The was one off each model a 216 Honda ( without the rear spoiler), a 220 I (NASP) and the 220 Turbo. Early in 1993 I took a 220 Turbo for a 20/30 mile test drive and checked I could get everything in it that I would need to including a lawn mower and fertilizer spreader :lol:
After giving consideration to a number off other cars including a Ford Mondeo ( I had a Escort at the time), a Escort RS, drewing over a Escort Cosworth ( which was a bite over my budget/ bank balance and being about to turn 25 the insurance would have been about 2k), The about to be released Ford Mavick about two weeks before its launch date, a Land Rover Discovery and a Lotus Elan I settled on the Rover Coupe

In late spring / early summer 1993 I ordered my 220I coupe in Tahiti blue to be fitted with all the factory extras including the then optional LSD.

I wanted the coupe for my 25th Birthday but it was delivered a month late to the day on 16th September 1993 at a on the road cost off £18'885.00 after a discount off £1,232.55. around another £800 off accessory's where ordered then same time as the coupe including a what originally was removable toe bar and the 125th roof rack they sold for the coupe. I had a private plat up on at registration that cost just under £400 from the dvla.

L 4 KJW past another MOT earlier this week to take her into her 25th year off my ownership.

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Re: Now 25 years old "Happy birthday Rover 200 coupe"

Post by 1234dist » Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:21 pm

Bought my first coupe 18 years ago on a P plate a 216 k in amaranth and never looked back. Owned rovers ever since.
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Re: Now 25 years old "Happy birthday Rover 200 coupe"

Post by wazz » Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:56 pm

As above first car rover 216 GTi second car 420 gsi turbo sport and then my first coupe, a white turbo, owned them ever since it's hard to put your finger on why it's so good and keeps you coming back for more I think because it's so many things it's just an awesome car an absolute legend of the motoring world and nothing else I've driven has the same rawness and appeal, had my current coupe over a decade and it ain't going nowhere.

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Re: Now 25 years old "Happy birthday Rover 200 coupe"

Post by VVC-Geeza » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:23 pm

18 years of ownership for me in December,bought directly from Rover at 10 months old.Had a 1.6 Honda engined coupe for the previous year which I traded in for the VVC which had 7,032 miles on the clock.From the very first moment I laid eyes on a coupe I knew I had to have one.I thought they were one of the most beutiful cars I had ever seen and I still feel exactly the same now all these years later.A unique car in the Rover range,looks,performance and style.Just a shame that I cannot remember the last time I saw one out on the road.I fear that by the time they are truely recognised and appreciated it will be too late,as so few remain,even now.

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Re: Now 25 years old "Happy birthday Rover 200 coupe"

Post by biker18yr » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:16 pm

Think it was 2005 when I first brought my 1.8 VVC coupe. Later sold to another member of RCOC at the time (SS1BOY).

I then brought my JAP Turbo Coupe in 2007 and sold that on in 2011 due to a change in circumstances.

In the middle of this I built a 218 none VVC coupe out of bits from my garage but sold that on straight way. That was around 2010.

I have now just acquired N188 FDH as I've missed everyone of my coupes that I have had in the past. So roll on the restoration of the FDH. I don't plan on getting rid of this one unless something more interesting comes up in the far future.

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Re: Now 25 years old "Happy birthday Rover 200 coupe"

Post by Davva » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:21 pm

A bit late compared to the rest of you, I bought mine on 2nd December 2011 (day I joined the forum) from my mate, who'd had it for 9 years, so I've seen it regulary for nearly 15 years. It brought a grin to my face the first time I drove it and still does, even when it's broken.

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Re: Now 25 years old "Happy birthday Rover 200 coupe"

Post by conductorwomble » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:56 pm

The first time I saw one, I was in my MG Metro Turbo coming out of Stratford upon Avon. I was doing 30 mph in a 30 mph area and saw this idiot in my mirror going like animal waste products off a broad spade. As I was blowing my horn, flashing my headlights and using my full range of hand signals, I was thinking "what a lovely looking car"! :lol:

I had no idea what it was until I got home and Dad suggested what it was and produced a Rover catalogue. He used to work for Rover at the time. I remember thinking I had to have one.

Dad also arranged for me to borrow a Nightfire Red/ Red Piccadilly VVC for the weekend from Edwards of Stratford, just to be sure that the driving experience lived up to it''s looks. As I was only earning about 8K at the time, I had to be sure that I wasn't going to be disappointed after all that hard work! I also remember sitting in a car park in Evesham and hearing someone say "what a beautiful car". Class never ages!

Several years later in October 1998, after working a lot of overtime and selling plants at car boot sales, I finally purchased 'Robbie' for 14.5 K with 3,019 miles on the clock.

I've been smiling ever since, even if as I get older, I notice the hard ride more than I used to!!!
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Re: Now 25 years old "Happy birthday Rover 200 coupe"

Post by meellis » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:43 pm

Saw my first ones while servicing the heater at wantage motors and thought they looked good. I always had motorbikes and never followed the crowd so wasn't interested in the scoobies, RS's, XR's and the likes everybody else had. Bought my first one in 98 high mileage turbo which was a company car through masterdrive. Wasn't fussed about the high miles at the time because I was still riding bikes and had a company van so it was only for pleasure. Strange how things work because I said I bought my first in 98 but the truth is it was the only one and its the one I still have. Strange thing is my van has done 169,000 miles, my main car has done 220,000 miles so the coupe is the lowest mileage vehicle I have and it hasn't broken 100,000 yet.

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Re: Now 25 years old "Happy birthday Rover 200 coupe"

Post by sworks » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:08 pm

Working at a Rover dealer the first coupe to be delivered off the transporter was a Polynesian 1600 Honda engined variant. It sold that day! My first coupe was a car we sold new and I was the third owner. It was a Tahiti 2.0 nasp with about 90k on the clock and full dealer history, mostly by me. I ran this while my cooper S was off the road and sold it after about a year as I had too many cars. A few years later I bought an R plate VVC in silver, it had full leather which I loved. This made way for my first 75 tourer as the family had to come first. I was running a TF as a daily driver and saw my current coupe for sale and had to have it. I sold the TF to fund the coupe quickly but I wish I’d kept the TF too. Coupe was a daily driver for three years until about 2 months ago. I was missing my TF and was seriously thinking of selling the coupe back to the previous owner as it seems a waste it sitting out in all weathers but I got the chance of storage so let’s see how it goes.

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Re: Now 25 years old "Happy birthday Rover 200 coupe"

Post by Add » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:28 pm

What a load of Schmaltz! :P

I bought mine because I couldn't afford a 200SX or a Corrado!
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Re: Now 25 years old "Happy birthday Rover 200 coupe"

Post by Jimm » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:38 pm

No you didn't you bought yours because you had driven mine and couldn't afford an SX or corrado :P
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Re: Now 25 years old "Happy birthday Rover 200 coupe"

Post by Amsca2 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:46 pm

I loved but couldn't afford one as a poor student when luck was on my side. My 214sei was written off on tow and insurance company had coupe tinted glasses giving me more than I dreamed it was worth and the car back to strip for spares. A few lemons viewed before i found my first a 216 d series in nightfire. Wife who was girl friend at the time came to see it with me and her reaction was a genuine wow that gorgeous. (Shes always been easily pleased). So 2k paid and N172BSX was mine. She was only sold when Amy came along as a baby seat in a coupe doesn't really work. A year later a £100 charcoal coupe for a summer then another 5 years of longing before I got a promotion and used this as a excuse to buy M845TCK and she only went as I always wanted a white one and that was when R695RNP arrived. I bid on her to push the price up but then the top 2 bidders pulled out and the guy offered me a bargain dream car. For as long as I can hold the rust at bay she will be living with me.
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