30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

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30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#1 Post by 214CONCERTO216 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:15 am

I bought my first Rover 200 on August 1st 1990 and have driven three others since then, but the R8 model has been in daily use for 30 years. Is that a record? The total combined mileage is just over 257000.
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Re: 30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#2 Post by GTiJohn » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:07 am

It's certainly high up on the list :clapping

R8 No.1 is still around, fortunately but had it's first 18 years of life in a museum collection and has a much lower mileage.

There is a 216 that was registered a week after the launch day and still going strong. There is also a pair of R8 that have both done similar mileages to yours.

They're out there - just not many now...
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Re: 30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#3 Post by montegoman » Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:07 am

We have a member with a 1990 G 214SLi that they have owned from new and managed 390k on its first engine. It is now on its second engine. It had reached 431k by last October. See the article about the car in The Viking, July 2019.
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Re: 30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#4 Post by henryiett » Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:51 pm

Like I have a g reg r8 214 so thats must be quite a early one, that spent most of its life on my drive after my mum husband who owned it died, like it hasn't moved since 1999
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Re: 30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#5 Post by RoverRevival » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:30 pm

henryiett wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:51 pm
Like I have a g reg r8 214 so thats must be quite a early one, that spent most of its life on my drive after my mum husband who owned it died, like it hasn't moved since 1999
We could get that back to its former glory if you would like Henryiett?
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Re: 30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#6 Post by henryiett » Sun Oct 25, 2020 5:47 pm

Yh possibly in the new year, I think its one of those cars that is a strong survivors
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Re: 30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#7 Post by JEASPEKE » Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:21 pm

Which museum has R8 number one?

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#8 Post by RoverRevival » Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:36 pm

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Re: 30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#9 Post by alviseven » Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:39 pm

Gaydon used to have R8 number one but chose to sell it - after a period out in the wild it is now safely cared for by a well respected member of this forum/club
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Re: 30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#10 Post by henryiett » Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:23 pm

alviseven wrote:
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:39 pm
Gaydon used to have R8 number one but chose to sell it - after a period out in the wild it is now safely cared for by a well respected member of this forum/club
I'm glad it survived
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Re: 30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#11 Post by JEASPEKE » Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:58 am

Ant pictures of the first R8?

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Re: 30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#12 Post by montegoman » Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:10 pm

No.1 when it was on display at Gaydon in July 2019 for its 30th birthday!

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Re: 30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#13 Post by henryiett » Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:24 pm

How many miles has it done
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Re: 30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#14 Post by Cthomas » Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:52 pm

Looking at the mot history 69k December 19
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Re: 30 years of R8 on August 1st 2020

#15 Post by henryiett » Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:30 pm

I've always preferred the prefacelift r8 tbh so it looks good in the green
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