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2002 Rover 75 Vanden Plas

2002 Rover 75 Vanden Plas


Original car build date 2002 (records of exact month not available). The car was built as a Rover 75 Connoisseur 2.5 V6 SE Auto  and was then sent to coachbuilders, MacNeillie & Son for conversion.

A considerable amount of time was spent searching for one of these cars. I purchased this car in 2017 from a film props company who apparently bought it for use in a TV serial soap funeral scene.

It had had five previous owners and was in a very poor condition both inside and out and mechanically.

I have spent a fair amount of time and money restoring the car. I use the car regularly and continue to try to bring it up to a good presentable, useable condition.

There is still a lot of work to be done!

First Registered: 1st January 2003

Exterior colour: Raven Black

Interior colour: Sandstone leather with black piping.

Mileage: 175,000

How many left (ROVER 75 Connoisseur SE V6 LWB Auto): Licensed: 1. SORN: 0.     

Number of LWB models believed to have been built : 98. These were split into two batches:

MacNeillie Rover 75 LWB Vanden Plas: 62

MG Rover Group 75 LWB: 36

Owner: John Kempson


Rover 75 Connoisseur 2.5 V6 SE Auto extended in the rear compartment by 200mm (8”) by coachbuilders MacNeillie & Son.

One-piece (extended) roof. 

Specially made rear doors with one-piece skins and door pockets, trimmed to suit.

Rear headlining modified to accept a clock that matches the dash clock.

Modified exterior chrome sill trims to fit.

Walnut dash trim and steering wheel.

Quad-cam 24 valve 2.5 litre light aluminium fuel injected V6 with JATCO 5-speed automatic gearbox.

BHP: 174

Performance (0-60 MPH): 9.5 Seconds

Top speed: 128 MPH

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