Rover SD1 Traffic Cars

Brian Homans

1977 Rover SD1, SVD 506R attached to the Northern Traffic Base, Hitchin.
1977 Rover SD1, rear view.
1978 Rover SD1 with the side stripe lower down.

Following a successful run with the earlier version of the Rover V8 (codenamed the P6 model) , the company brought out a new model in 1976, codenamed the SD1. This car still retained the 3500cc V8 engine, which originated from an American Buick engine, but had a completely redesign body. It was a bulkier car than the previous model and had a large boot. It was fine for motorway patrolling but sadly lacked a bit on the reliability side.

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  • In 1976 Hitchin Traffic Base were given a burgundy SD1 unliveried to try out. Driving it through Hitchin numerous people wanted photographs of it because of it’s innovative shape.

    By Ian wilton (01/09/2020)