My name is Nick and I am now 23 years old, I have always had an interest in MG Rover cars as I have grown up with my dad and other family members owning the MG Rover range.
I have now owned/been driving the car for just over 4 years and it has now covered 37k miles. I have loved every minute of driving/cleaning and generally owning the car. It’s my daily driver and has been to many car shows and events, I have taken it on holiday and it’s been all over the UK, and other than general maintenance and one new head gasket. It’s never let me down once! I still try to keep it in best condition as possible considering it’s my daily driver, it gets washed weekly whatever the weather! (My neighbours think I am completely mad!) When it comes to car shows it gets cleaned, polished, waxed etc.! In the last few years I have added a few extra subtle modifications that I believe enhance the car and it’s looks. I always said if I was to do anything to modify the car from original specification it would have to be totally reversible, as I didn’t want to ruin the originality from factory too much. The idea is it would be OEM+, enhanced but not ruined by the modifications.
Nicks Rover 25 was 1 of 4 cars displayed on the clubs first stand at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show with Discovery in November 2018.
My Rover 25 GTI was saved from being broken for parts in August of 2017 due to head gasket failure. At that time, she had covered some 98,300 miles on the original head gasket.
She was purchased for the princely sum of £230.00, having already lost her hairpin alloys and her boot trim carpets, parcel shelf and boot floor carpet.
She was transported from Birmingham, back to my home in Croydon and following a visit from my regular MG Rover Specialist mechanic (MJS Auto & Marine) a new head gasket, water pump and all belts had been replaced and she was up and running again, I sourced a replacement set of Hairpin Alloys and she’s been driving round ever since.
Unfortunately, while sat at the roadside not running in Birmingham, she suffered damage to the rear driver door and vandalised roof.
In September of this year, both front wings were replaced with genuine MG Rover parts and the roof was resprayed following its previous vandalism damage.
The remaining jobs are to replace the driver side rear door and tidy up the rear arches and she will be back in show room condition.
The Rover 25 GTI was a limited run car of approximately 1200 with only around 100 of these remaining.
Specification is as follows:
Engine: 1.8 VVC K Series
No. of Doors: 5
Colour: Platinum Silver
Additional Specification: Hairpin Alloy Wheels, Sports Suspension, Driver Airbag. Front Fog Lights, Air conditioning, Electric Sunroof (optional Extra) & Electric Front Windows
Registered new on the 1st September 2002 to Darlington's Rover dealer in Essex, BF52 ECN was used as their demonstrator. On the 28thApril 2003 and 1257 miles later, she was ready for her second owner, a Mr John Hankins.
However not before the dealer fitted her with rear parking sensors, a full set of mud flaps and given her a new set of premium mats. Mr Hankins kept her for eleven years. She then passed through two owners who didn't matter to her, and didn't want to spend any money on her.
I became the fifth owner, and now named Connie for obvious reasons on the 12th March 2016. And it soon became clear she had been lacking attention mechanically, so I decided I would do the work and then keep her for as long as possible.
Since purchase many OEM accessories have been purchased for Connie to including, Full chrome grille, boot mounted warning triangle, genuine bulb kit, rear sunblind, Rover branded rubber mats, wooden steering wheel, wooden handbrake grip, wooden and leather gear knob, ridged boot liner, and finally Rover branded hold-all. Still to fit are luggage nets, sunroof wind deflector and electronic lumbar supports.
In addition to the above I have also added, a boot spoiler from a MG ZS saloon and colour coded all the wing and door side rubbing strips. Fitted Heko wind deflectors all round, a set of 9 spoke alloys from the MK2 range for 25 and 45 (because I don't much like the standard Cosmos wheels) I've also fitted front footwell lights.
As far back as I can remember I have had an interest in cars, when I was 5-6 my mum got her first Rover, a 2.6 Rover SD1 then my passion for the brand really kicked off, I loved them so much that my mum bought me one that I worked on alongside my step Father and learned a little about car repairs as a small girl, now I am 30yrs old and sadly I don’t have a SD1 anymore but I do have my daily Rover 75 known as Midas and my BRM (which I named Lilith) which I take out to shows and enjoy on weekends, my passion for the BRM Started when I met other half Alan, he is the owner of theBRM.co.uk and is BRM mad, on our first date I had my first ride in press car one, that was it I was bitten by the BRM bug, a year down the line he said to me there is a BRM for sale on the forum within my price range that looked in good condition, I didn’t hesitate it had to be mine so I agreed to buy the car blindly, She had been stored in a barn for 5yrs and I had a surprise when I got her home she had some modifications like the wheels, suspension & coupe centre console which I quite like so I have kept.
She is build number 48 of 797 in the UK of which there is approximately around 250 left