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Old 26-10-2018, 11:59 PM   #1
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My Rover 620Ti

Yesterday, I travelled down to Stockport to collect this beauty.
It was an impulse buy. Iíve always admired the 600 and have been fortunate to have been in a couple as a passenger over the years. Not for a few years now, mind you. Itís a shame that we donít see these cars on the road. Iíve only ever seen one or two locally in the last few months.

So, anyway Iím looking at the classifieds as you do for no reason at all.... with no intention of buying a car as I have too many.... when this beauty showed its face for availability. This is the top of the range 620Ti model in Nightfire Red, 2.0 T series turbo engine producing 197bhp standard. Same engine as in my 220 coupe turbo. I didnít even finish reading the advert and I was on the phone to the seller straight away. At first, I thought Iíd missed out as he had a potential buyer but this didnít work out and I was next in line. Train ticket was then booked to travel down to Buxton near Stockport. I caught the train from Kirkcaldy to Haymarket for my connection but missed the connection. Only I can miss a train when Iím standing on the correct platform on time and the train stops and then goes past me...donít even ask....embarrassing.

Thankfully, another train to Manchester arrived 30 minutes later so I got on that one to Piccadilly before getting another local train to Buxton.
I walked the short distance from the station to the garage where the car was located. I met Luigi, the owner who welcomed me. We had a cuppa and a sandwich and a chat about the car. The car was given to him by an old friend of his who has had to five up driving due to ill health. Heís had the car since new and itís a clean, well looked after, unmolested standard example. One of those hidden gems....He then took me around the car and out for a test drive. The car looks exactly how it did in the advert, if anything better. It was mint with only a tiny scuff on the rear bumper. The car drives like new, too and goes like stink! I was in awe. The car has only done 33k since new and comes with 12 months MOT, full service history and two keys. I then parted with my cash and signed on the dotted line before driving off into the sunse....actually, rain. It rained for most of the journey home, unfortunately. I was very sleepy, too so had to make a few service stops as it was pitch black, too and so many muppets on the road. I feared for my baby.

The car will remain exactly as it is and I will attempt to bring it along the major car shows. I love it already and not even had it 24hrs!

Here are a few pictures that I took yesterday of my trip. Enjoy.

Train was empty and lots of leg room.

Had the carriage to myself.

Even got a charging point

Shame about the rubbish bacon roll. Coffee was needed, though.

Have a break, have a kit kat and why not?

Some autumn colour

Arrived in Manchester

And then Stockport

At the garage

Some go go juice for the drive home.

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Looks very tidy. Enjoy.
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Old 27-10-2018, 12:16 AM   #4
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Looks like an interesting car, and a bit of a sleeper really with 197bhp under the bonnet.
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Old 27-10-2018, 12:29 AM   #5
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Despite the pipe and slippers image, I really like it and you've probably found the best one in the country! Congrats!
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Very nice mate, I've owned a 618 and a 620, very comfy cruisers

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Old 27-10-2018, 07:09 AM   #7
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Go to love the older Rovers and that looks a great buy. Great find

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Excellent!! I the sticker on the back coming off?

Also, is this the one with the BMW engine, or the Rover one?
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Now that's lovely. In the best colour too. I had a two-tone silver over grey 216SLi and always wanted a Nightfire 214sei but never got round to owning one.

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Almost time warp condition car, what a great example! Those T16 Turbo engines really were a bit naughty back in the day, very quick out of the box.

I remember serving my time and an 800 Turbo Vitesse sat unloved for months in the corner of our workshop. Boss said to me one day ďif you can fix it, you can drive itĒ didnít have to tell me twice!!

Wanted a bit of a fettle after an undiagnosed misfire, firing sweetly in no time and took it for a drive - what a thing that was.

Hope to see a lot more of this Buddy subíd!
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