5th November, 2005
The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust has discovered the
mystery surrounding the very last car built at the MG Rover Longbridge plant in
Birmingham, prior to the collapse of Phoenix Venture Holding in April 2005.
Stephen Laing, the curator of the museum unveiled a frostfire
Rover 75, 1955cc 4-cylinder diesel, which is the last vehicle on
the register out of the plant. The Trust has become the proud owner of the car,
which has gone on public display in the museum at the Heritage Motor Centre near
Gaydon in Warwickshire. It is most likely that this car will also be the last
car to be adorned with the Rover badge.
Almost 15 million cars were manufactured in the century since
Rover Cars was founded by Herbert Austin. It was on 8th April this year that MG
Rover at Longbridge went into administration and car production ceased. Only a
small group of skilled car workers was kept on at the plant over the summer to
complete a number of unfinished vehicles, before the company was sold on to the
Nanjing Automobile Corporation of China.
The Trust also owns the first Rover 75 car built under the
company’s former owners BMW at Cowley Oxford in 2000.
2005 Rover 75 V8
History of Rover 75
The Rover 75 was the first large Rover car for 20 years,
replacing the Honda inspired 600 and 800 models. Introduced in 1999, the ‘75’
was initially built at the Cowley factory in Oxford, which had undergone a £700
million facelift, including a completely new manufacturing and paint shop
facility. The ‘75’ took styling cues from Rover’s heritage, whilst engine
options were four or six cylinder petrol units from the K-series range, together
with a BMW derived diesel.
When BMW decided to sell Rover Group in 2000, production of
Rover models moved to the newly formed MG Rover Group’s factory at Longbridge in
Birmingham. The ‘75’ range was quickly developed, with the addition of an
estate model (or tourer), more sporting MG versions and a long-wheelbase
limousine. A V8 powered version was also developed, re-engineered with
During 2004 the ‘75’ range got a facelift, with a redesigned
look for the front and rear end of the car and modifications to the trim
I'm Always Dreamin'
20th September, 2005
Codenamed ‘Project Tempest’, development work on a core range of affordable,
high performance cars, is now at an advanced stage .....
MG Rover Sold To Nanjing Automotive
1st August, 2005
The joint administrators from PricewaterhouseCoopers have announced the sale of
the assets of both MG Rover Group and its engine producer, Powertrain Limited to Nanjing Automobile (Group) Corporation
MG Revival Breakthrough
13th May, 2005
Chapman Automotive Limited is in the final stages of putting together a bid to
purchase assets related to MG from the administrators of MG Rover Group Limited and Powertrain Limited
England's Land Rover Show
21st April, 2005
England's annual Land Rover Show takes place at the Heritage Motor Centre,
Gaydon during the Bank Holiday weekend 30th April and 1st May .....
MG Rover Comes To The End Of The Road
16th April, 2005
Statement from the Directors of Phoenix Venture Holdings .....
Disaster At MG Rover
15th April, 2005
A statement dated today by the British Department of Trade and Industry
indicates survival of the MG Rover Group is unlikely
Will We Ever See The Rover 75 Coupe?
10th April, 2005
Financial difficulties may take MG and Rover to the end of the road.
Price Waterhouse Coopers have been appointed as Administrators of the company that manufactures both these iconic
British marques .....
MG ZR 160 Arrives in Australia
4th February, 2005
Following the arrival of the mid size MG ZS 180 late last year, MG Rover
Australia have announced today that the much anticipated MG ZR 160 hot hatch will be launched later this month
MG Rover Finalising Joint Venture
24th November, 2004
MG Rover is in the final stages of signing a
joint venture deal with the Chinese vehicle manufacturer Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation .....
Rover 75 Coupe Concept
16th November, 2004
Britishness, understated elegance and always an interior that is undeniably
‘a better place to be’ are Rover virtues that have come together in the Rover 75 Coupe concept car .....
Rover's 100th Anniversary
26th July, 2004
The Rover brand has always been at the heart of
Britain’s motor industry. The products that bear the name Rover are quintessentially British, refined and timeless
designs flourishing on innovative engineering ...... more
Rover 75 CDti
25th July, 2004
The diesel equipped 75 will hit the market at
$53,990 plus add-on's. At 5l/100km (country cycle) it's bound to excite many! ...... more
23rd July, 2004
The new 75 is available with a model range priced
between $49,990 and $69,990. There's a diesel available, which is rated at an amazing 5 litres per 100 km on
country cycle! A V8 75 will be here later in the year...... more
MG ZT 260
23rd July, 2004
A new Rover 75 also means a new MG and this MG is like
no MG before it. The ZT 260 is a $90,000 rear drive V8 muscle car ...... more
MG Rover Sell Their Parts Business
11th July, 2004
MG Rover sell their parts business to Cat ......
Rover 75 Club LE
6th July, 2004
Rover are offering the final few 75's from the original range, as they
prepare for next month's arrival of the new model ...... more
24th June, 2004
One hundred years of Rover motoring will be celebrated on Sunday 11th July 2004
near Stratford-upon-Avon (England) ...... more
MG TF coupe
11th June, 2004
There's just 30 MG TF coupes available. They are priced at $52,240 for the
TF 120 and $54,750 for the TF 160 ...... more
Rover 75 V8
3rd March, 2004
The 75 becomes a super-power with a Ford V8 engine ..... more
Proton and MG Rover announce collaboration!
19th February, 2004
Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Berhad (PROTON) entered into a Letter of Intent
(LOI) with Phoenix Venture Holdings Limited (PVH) on 18 February 2004. PVH is a company registered in Birmingham,
England. Through its subsidiaries, including MG Rover Group Limited, it is primarily involved in the business of
engineering, research and development, manufacturing and selling of motor vehicles and related products, including
accessories, engine, spare parts and other components. The LOI envisages PROTON and PVH working together to pursue
exploratory/feasibility studies concerning potential collaborations.
MG Rover is to import two exotic cars
10th February, 2004
The Noble M12 GTO-3R and the Pagani Zonda supercars are coming to Australia
with MG Rover behind the wheel ..... more
MG TF 80th Anniversary Edition here now!
22nd January, 2004
Celebrating it's 80th year, MG has introduced a limited edition TF. There's
2 models, around $50,000 to $53,000, to choose from. There's just 30 examples for Australia. Each is Pearl Black Metallic
with a red hood ..... more