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Early 214 lives on!

#1 Post by Benny » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:48 pm

Hi my name is Ben and I've recently bought from Mike Humble his very early 214 SLi

In the last 4 years Mike has actually sold this car on and then bought it back in 2013. He now has his heart set on yet another 75 so I made him an offer for the car and he said yes!

Original post here http://www.rover200.org.uk/forums/viewt ... f=2&t=3996

Main differences since 2010 is that the heater surround is from an R3 with the dials and back-piece from a late Streetwise, being a thinner plastic it actually illuminates better at night!

Mike also swapped the original steels for 16" Rover Alloys some might say that is sacrilege but the original 14s are very thin and don't really give the car the composure it deserves. What is odd that the steering (No PAS remember) is actually lighter with the alloys than the steels!

The only plan I have for the car is to use it. It loves being used. A recent run up from Sussex to Staffordshire returned 41 mpg despite the car being fully laden! Bearing in mind this car cost roughly the same as 1 months finance on a Golf Bluemotion I think we know what the real eco car is!

This isn't my first R8 but before I could get around to joining the previous cars (A K reg 214 and an H reg 416) developed serious issues and had to be sold on. This car however has the reliable K Series engine with Single Point Injection and has covered 136,000 miles in 25 years without any drama!
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#2 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:48 pm

:welcome

Great to hear of another 214 'survivor': I ran a 1994 SEi up to over 200,000 miles a few years ago. The early wet liner engines are definitely more reliable than the later ones and the earliest versions (as you have in yours) even better, as long as the cooling system is kept in good condition :wink3
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Re: Early 214 lives on!

#3 Post by Benny » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:43 pm

Thanks!


Its had a new rad in the last 4 years and a new thermostat was fitted in December 2013. The cooling system is tip top and the heater is roasting in next to no time. One of the nice touches about these early cars is that the housing on the 'stat is alloy whereas they later switched to plastic, which of course goes brittle and ends up snapping.

This car even has the rear shock access covers which match the carpeting in the boot, which I have never seen before!
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#4 Post by GTiJohn » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:45 am

The last few digits should give you a clue as to how early your car is.

Looking forward to seeing some photos - Photobucket, or similar, seems the easiest way to do this.

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#5 Post by Benny » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:18 pm

Yeah just waiting for my free time and dry weather to slot together!

In the meantime here are some of the more recent shots taken by the last owner.

Getting a once over before POL

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A runaround with the new wheels

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How it looked when it first returned to Mike in 2013 (yes I know they are R3 trims!)

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Interior-the blue hifi has been binned for a very sober looking Sony unit.

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Period Security Stickers!

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Re: Early 214 lives on!

#6 Post by Scrumpy » Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:30 am

Fantastic pictures, great to see another early 214 out there. It is a good feeling in one, does yours have PAS, I could tell from distance shot. What a car either way, enjoy :cool
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Re: Early 214 lives on!

#7 Post by Benny » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:18 pm

No PAS!

Its actually lighter on the alloys, not sure how!
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#8 Post by Benny » Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:31 pm

So 5 months and 8000 miles later the car is still running like a dream. I took it to the BL Rally in Peterborough where it stood alongside its J reg brother. Mike and I actually swapped our alloys on the day as he wants to build a 214 'GTi'-esque car and I wanted to see what mine would be like on the slightly smaller Multispokes.

The result is even lighter steering and an reduction in fuel consumption. A recent motorway trip returned 45 mpg!

One slight blot on the copybook was when the doorswitch failed and the interior light stayed on for over 9 hours whilst I was at work resulting in a flat battery, however just 30 seconds charge from a battery pack had the car turning over first time and the battery charging immediately. Many thanks to John from Mansfield Recovery (on behalf of the AA) who also had a few nice comments to make about the car!


As this is 'Drive your Classic Car to Work Week' I decided to partake this morning. The timing is rather good as this access road has been closed for the last 6 months for roadworks as they make it one of those 'shared spaces', the less said about that the better :)

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All that remains now is for me to treat the car to a really good wash,mop and polish next Saturday afternoon in readiness for our trip to Gaydon.
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Re: Early 214 lives on!

#9 Post by GTiJohn » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:52 am

:clapping

Earliest car so far for next weekend :D
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Re: Early 214 lives on!

#10 Post by rich1351 » Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:44 pm

seeing an early k series takes me back to college, we had one with cutaways in a glass cabinet in the reception area there...think they were to improve cooling :*laughs* (bet it was scrapped when it was shut down...would have loved it now). Nice to see an early survivor still out and about...who needs eco cars anyway.
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Re: Early 214 lives on!

#11 Post by 1234dist » Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:47 pm

please take the rover sticker on the door, shockingly that's all my eyes look at......hate cr@p stickers.
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#12 Post by Benny » Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:37 pm

I like those! But I understand they aren't to everyone's taste.

As for the show, it was the earliest 214 there by a country mile, the other 3 G reg examples were all Honda engines...
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Re: Early 214 lives on!

#13 Post by Benny » Sat May 02, 2015 2:17 pm

25 years ago today someone picked this up from a dealer in Morden and drove it home for the first time!

Happy Birthday to the original AROnline 214!

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