I agree with all of this except about the 200 MkIII, which I tried and found far too small...the MkII was just so good with wood and bright strips n all!anthony said:No contest really.
Although the MKIII 200 is a beautiful car, and initial pre-cost cutting models were well build and luxurious inside, my choice has got to be the Rover 200 MKII.
This was the car that provided the bulk sales. It was a cut above the Escorts of it's time, and during the lifespan of the model you had a choice of engines which were cutting edge (possibly excluding the diesels). 1.4 K series (what other engine of a 1400cc capacity could churn out 103bhp in 1992?), Honda D series (go forever) and the underrated torquey 2 litre Rover engines including the 200bhp turbo. The majority of these models also had wood inlays, velour upholstery, chrome strips on the door sills with Rover logo, Rover badges on the sides and when you closed the door you had a re-assuring meaty thud sound. From this platform they produced a saloon (400), a 3 door and 5 door hatch, a cabriolet, a coupe and an estate. The company was also making profits and churning out at least 100,000 of these a year at peak production.
Yes, but so was the 1st Gen Metro... The Mini was Rover from at least 1990 with the first Cooper RSPs.MGROVERnut said:Strictly speaking wasn't the Mini an Austin?