Dinky Toys 180; Rover SD1 3500 Saloon; White

Dinky Cars England
 

In 1971, Rover, at that time a part of the British Leyland group, began developing a new car to replace the P6 and the Triumph 2000/2500. The designers of both Triumph and Rover submitted plans for the new car, of which the latter was chosen. David Bache was to head the design team, inspired by exotic machinery such as the Ferrari Daytona and the late 1960s design study by Pininfarina for the BMC 1800, which study also guided the design of the CitroŽn CX. Spen King was responsible for the engineering. The two had previously collaborated on the Range Rover. The project was first code-named RT1 (for Rover Triumph Number 1) but then soon changed to SD1 (for Specialist Division Number 1) as Rover and Triumph were put"in the new Specialist Division of BL.(Wikipedia)

This was an excellent design, with very good looks, ruined by the disastrous management at BL in the Seventies and the disaffected workforce. Had it been made properly it would have been a world beater, instead of a bit of a joke. In my experience if you turned up in one of these as your company car everyone assumed you were too stupid too write BMW or Mercedes on the order form. It could have been very different.

Dinky made it from 1979 to 1980 outsourced to Hong Kong.

This Dinky was sourced in July 2019 from Astons Auctions

 
Dinky Toys 180; Rover SD1 3500 Saloon; White Dinky Toys 180; Rover SD1 3500 Saloon; White Dinky Toys 180; Rover SD1 3500 Saloon; White
Dinky Toys 180; Rover SD1 3500 Saloon; White Dinky Toys 180; Rover SD1 3500 Saloon; White Dinky Toys 180; Rover SD1 3500 Saloon; White
Dinky Toys 180; Rover SD1 3500 Saloon; White Dinky Toys 180; Rover SD1 3500 Saloon; White Dinky Toys 180; Rover SD1 3500 Saloon; White
     

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