: Apparently my STS looks like a Rover..?



stsuk
12-17-10, 07:05 PM
While packing my trunk this afternoon a elderly guy walked up and commented on my sts looking a lot like the Rover 820 saloon...if he had of been a similar age my trunk was gonna be his home for the next 10 miles as Rover is a laughing subject over here,but he got me thinking and i can see why..:yup:

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Stingroo
12-17-10, 07:29 PM
I honestly do not see the resemblance. Is crack in the UK stronger than it is over here in the US? :lol:

OffThaHorseCEO
12-17-10, 07:36 PM
i see it, the rover looks more like the 80's taurus though

OffThaHorseCEO
12-17-10, 07:38 PM
not exactly but i see a resemblance

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachments/community-lounge-introductions-general-discussion/70926d1292631353-apparently-my-sts-looks-like-rover-rover820_click.jpg
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Bq3pHHZUgUQZoM:http://www.p71interceptor.com/shoconsole/gen2taurus1.jpg&t=1

orconn
12-17-10, 07:42 PM
The Rover 820 does have the "long hood (bonnet) short rear (trunk)section" that the Seville uses so effectively, so to one unfamiliar with the Seville, I can see why he would see a similarity. Take away the side sculpturing of the 820 and view it just as a silhouette, and the proportions are similar.

Jesda
12-17-10, 07:44 PM
The shape of the roof is similar, but that c-pillar, an important part, is completely different. The Rover isn't bad to look at, really. Its plain but clean.

stsuk
12-17-10, 07:50 PM
I honestly do not see the resemblance. Is crack in the UK stronger than it is over here in the US? :lol:

Ha ha....my thoughts entirely but we have another contender being the peugeot 405...maybe a sts fail thread would suffice. :thumbsup:
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I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-17-10, 07:51 PM
That Rover is a fairly handsome sedan. Kinda boring and monotonous, but nicely proportioned. The front fascia reminds me of a 1994-96 Q45, the roofline and c-pillar remind me of the 1992-95 Taurus and the rest of it is purely Rover.

Was that 820 a nice sedan in it's time or just a boring commuter car? It looks kinda nice, what does it compare to from our side of the pond?

stsuk
12-17-10, 07:56 PM
That Rover is a fairly handsome sedan. Kinda boring and monotonous, but nicely proportioned. The front fascia reminds me of a 1994-96 Q45, the roofline and c-pillar remind me of the 1992-95 Taurus and the rest of it is purely Rover.

Was that 820 a nice sedan in it's time or just a boring commuter car? It looks kinda nice, what does it compare to from our side of the pond?

They were bought by the legal profession mostly and a handful of country folk living in stately homes,i'd have trouble comparing them to anything but the Eagle vision springs to mind,only say that as my step mom owns one in Tampa and it rides about the same and loses parts on every trip..:rolleyes:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-17-10, 07:59 PM
Sounds kinda like a Buick Park Avenue or Oldsmobile Ninety Eight. Nicely equipped, with a quiet design, scads of room, but nothing too expensive or flashy.

stsuk
12-17-10, 08:09 PM
The 820 came as a fastback also..bigger spec etc but the viking badge just made it bad.

orconn
12-17-10, 08:23 PM
Wasn't this model Rover a joint venture with Honda? We of course had the "Sterling" which was a Rover produced version of the Acura Legend. Nicely kitted out, but the Sterling was a typical British automotive disaster zone. Interestingly, the first Acura Legend was a major success for Honda in the U.S.

It is a shame that Rover fell so low in its' final years. What does the British civil servant drive these days now that the Rover has passed from the seen?

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-17-10, 09:10 PM
I actually have the brochure for the '88 Sterling somewhere at my parents' house.

Jesda
12-17-10, 09:16 PM
I actually have the brochure for the '88 Sterling somewhere at my parents' house.

Now THAT is a rare find! I've seen one actual Sterling in my life, rotting away in the back of a used car lot years ago. I kept wondering why the hell this Acura Legend had Sterling badges all over it.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-17-10, 09:27 PM
Cool! I can thank Dave (Bro-Ham) for that one, as it was part of his massive collection I got in 2005 for FREE!

stsuk
12-17-10, 09:41 PM
Wasn't this model Rover a joint venture with Honda? We of course had the "Sterling" which was a Rover produced version of the Acura Legend. Nicely kitted out, but the Sterling was a typical British automotive disaster zone. Interestingly, the first Acura Legend was a major success for Honda in the U.S.

It is a shame that Rover fell so low in its' final years. What does the British civil servant drive these days now that the Rover has passed from the seen?

Honda made the engines for the smaller 214/6 models and they rotted quicker than alfa's,but these days its mostly German cars transporting the civil's around as the uk has no british car builders to speak off,only rover i've owned was the 3500 p6 that used the small block buick v8.

Destroyer
12-17-10, 09:46 PM
The resemblance is striking at first glance. Not a copy (don't know which came out first) but one definitely inspired the other. :suspect:

stsuk
12-17-10, 09:56 PM
The resemblance is striking at first glance. Not a copy (don't know which came out first) but one definitely inspired the other. :suspect:

They started production 1986 thru 99.

stsuk
12-17-10, 10:04 PM
The coupe vitesse is not that bad to look at,the rear of the saloon is very sts from that angle.

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Destroyer
12-17-10, 10:43 PM
The coupe vitesse is not that bad to look at,the rear of the saloon is very sts from that angle.

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Agreed. This is not a bad looking Rover. Not quite as good looking as an STS but the resemblance is there. :bouncy:

ben.gators
12-17-10, 11:05 PM
While packing my trunk this afternoon a elderly guy walked up and commented on my sts looking a lot like the Rover 820 saloon...if he had of been a similar age my trunk was gonna be his home for the next 10 miles as Rover is a laughing subject over here,but he got me thinking and i can see why..:yup: 70926 Well, I can see the long body lines, short rear and long hood are some how similar in both cars. But definitely these cars are totally from different breeds!

orconn
12-17-10, 11:18 PM
Both those cars must be built on Honda designed chassis, they look like reskins of the legends of that time.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-18-10, 01:00 AM
Yeah, they really remind me of the Acura Legend as well. Good call Orconn.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-18-10, 01:06 AM
Here's some info on the Sterling 825S & 825SL
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/curbside-classic-dead-brands-week-1987-sterling-825-sl-rover-825i/

http://iedei.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/1987-sterling-825-sl.jpg

Aron9000
12-18-10, 02:30 AM
When I read the thread title, I thought you meant your STS looked like one of these:

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSXYiUdPJP_MISv5XV5uJvDjNnqXCsW_ kFgcg04M9KckvfseL5f

As for the resemblence to that Rover sedan, I don't see it. Do they still make Rovers for the British market now days???

ben.gators
12-18-10, 02:51 AM
I guess Rover was sold to a Chinese company....

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-18-10, 08:14 AM
As for the resemblence to that Rover sedan, I don't see it. Do they still make Rovers for the British market now days???

No. I don't know all the details behind it, but Rover, like 90% of the other honest-to-god British car manufacturers nowadays, is out of business. IIRC, the only ones that are left now are Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Land Rover, Mini Cooper and Lotus (I think that's all of them?), and those are owned by foreign companies now.

Jesda
12-18-10, 09:58 AM
Nanjing/SAIC owns Rover. They put the MG TF roadster back into production.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8wQZ4Vqydw


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2NL-VEO_Lg

They went from building 100,000 cars a year to just a handful, now employing about 200 people instead of 16,000 like before. A lot of the plant was demolished and sold to real estate developers.

EChas3
12-18-10, 07:20 PM
Our old '98 STS was a lot better looking, IMHO. The lines may be similar but the STS had a higher & more sharply cut tail that I like on many cars. The grille and windsheild rake look different, too.

I don't see it.

Sevillian273
12-18-10, 07:45 PM
I saw it right away. It's those 7 spoke wheels.

orconn
12-18-10, 08:09 PM
Here's some info on the Sterling 825S & 825SL
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/curbside-classic-dead-brands-week-1987-sterling-825-sl-rover-825i/

http://iedei.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/1987-sterling-825-sl.jpg

Would you believe there were several Cadillac dealerships in L.A. that sold Sterlings, that may have contributed to the defection of past cadillac owners to Mercedes! Alway a sucker for a British interior I almost was tempted to buy a Sterling, but then something else expensive had to be fixed on the Audi 5000S Avant and I had to drive that expense out over more mileage, by the time it came for an Audi replacement the Sterling story was well known, so I was saved from that fate.