A time capsule Rover 25iE 16v with one private owner and just 5,578 miles.
Rover grille, flush glazed laminated windscreen, tinted windscreen, ultra violet reducing glass, electric tilt/slide sunroof, rear spoiler, body coloured bumpers, bright front door sill tread strips, styled twin halogen headlamps, headlamp road-levelling, lamps-on warning buzzer, rear wash/wipe, engine immobiliser, perimetric anti-theft alarm, remote central door locking, digital clock, burr walnut fascia insert, 60/40 split folding rear seat, security coded radio cassette, roof mounted aerial. Factory options; Metallic paint.
Finished in optional Platinum Silver Metallic, (Code MNX), the original paint finish is simply exceptional as you would expect from a car covering an incredible genuine 5,578 miles from new. The one and only retired keeper from new insisted on keeping the car strictly garaged and with advancing years used the vehicle sparingly. All panels are pin straight and the underside still has factory labels attached. Door shuts are free from grime and wheel arch apertures are amazing with even the coil springs still retaining their green and white paint dabs. All trim sections, glass, lights and badges are pristine. The glass is number plate etched at the request of the owner when new with the rear screen showing the outline of the template. Representative of a nearly new showroom example, preserved to an amazing standard.
The interior of this time warp example is in pristine original condition. The comfortable seats are finished in Wiggle Ash Grey, (Code LNF), and are as new. The Burr walnut facia inserts are typical Rover standard specification and add a little luxury alongside features such as bright front door sill tread strips, cut pile carpets and tinted glass. All controls and switchgear operate perfectly including the electronic tune Rover R660 radio cassette with auto reverse. The supplying dealer tax disc holder is included. The boot area remains unused with a full tool kit. Remarkable in every respect.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The punchy 4-cylinder transverse 1.1 16v DOHC engine with electronic multi-point fuel injection performs impeccably and produces 75bhp. A top speed of 100mph and 0-60mph in 13.5 secs are quoted. The 5-speed manual gearbox is light and a joy to use.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Standard 14” steel wheels with immaculate unmarked Rover wheel trims are still shod in factory Continental ContiEcoContact EP 175/65 R14 tyres. Although having ample tread and preferred by buyers seeking 100% originality it would be advisable to change the tyres if regular use is intended. The spare tyre remains unused. Servo-assisted diagonal split dual circuit system with front disc brakes and rear drums bring the car to an assured halt safely.
This incredibly low mileage example was registered new on the 24th July 2001 to the supplying Dealer, Arnold Clark Automobiles Ltd in Liverpool in order to qualify for the pre-registration bonus. Three days later on the 27th July it was registered to the only private owner, Mr John William Lysaght. The New Car Invoice in the history file reveals a total purchase price of £8,250. Mr Lysaght part exchanged his 1997 Rover 200 S that had covered 24,102 miles. Also included is the new vehicle order form, handover checklist and all old style registration documents. Remaining in his pampered care for the next 17 years the annual MOT history reveals the minimal mileage covered each year before his passing in 2018. The vehicle has been religiously garaged from new and must surely be one of the most preserved examples in existence. All documentation, handbooks, leaflets and brochures are included as presented when new to Mr Lysaght. Two sets of keys and remotes are also present. A perfect entry into affordable classic car ownership with an immaculate surviving model now deserving of an appreciative new owner and Rover aficionado.
MOT March 2019, HPI Clear.
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