Purchased new by Mrs Sylvia Cathleen Bell of Bells Stores and Post Office, Cannock on 1st August 1988 from the local Austin Rover dealer, Charles Clark of Cannock. Mrs Bell used the car for just two years covering a mere 3,434 miles before taking it off the road in July 1990. It was parked in a warm dry garage and covered in soft blankets to protect the paintwork and remained there for 21 years until October 2011.
Re-commissioned in late 2011/ early 2012, the second owner replaced both rear wheel brake cylinders, the rear exhaust section, battery, thermostat, wiper blades, timing and fan belts.
Now with its third owner and residing in Limehouse, East London, Hyacinth has been professionally treated with Waxoyl and Dinitrol, had some minor paintwork repairs, a replacement headlining in original material, new tyres and is meticulously maintained and serviced, covering less than 1,000 miles each year.
Model: Rover 216 Vanden Plas EFi
First Registered: 1st August 1988
Exterior: Strata Grey Metallic
Interior: Osprey Leather
How Many Left:
Rover 216 Vanden Plas Manual (all years), Licenced: 2, SORN: 21
Affectionately known as: Hyacinth
Owner: Mark Ferris
Ruched Connolly leather seat facings
Shag pile carpet
Electrically operated screened glass sunroof
Electric front and rear windows
Central door locking
Leather-trimmed steering wheel
Hand-crafted burr walnut inserts
Ventilated front disc brakes
Fuel-injected, 4 cylinder, transverse OHC engine
Engine Size: 1598cc
Performance (0-60 MPH): 9.6 Seconds
Top speed: 108 MPH