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Cabby windbreaker?

#1 Post by Dorchester » Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:39 am

Well I've just been indulging myself in that:
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Half-price only they say hence 74.97€ (£64) instead of 149.95€ (£128)!
it's coming from "le Comptoir du Cabriolet" in France.
Shame it isn't in light stone beige...
But I've got a question: did such a windbreaker exist as a genuine Rover option or is it an add-on made elsewhere?
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Re: Cabby windbreaker?

#2 Post by 961tat » Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:32 pm

Interesting bit of kit had one on my Mercedes slk kept you warm but never seen one on a cabby , look forward to the pictures :)

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Re: Cabby windbreaker?

#3 Post by Dorchester » Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:02 pm

I'll keep you posted Chris. I'm thrilled! :D
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Re: Cabby windbreaker?

#4 Post by Liverpoolman1 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:24 am

As a cabby owner I have never come across a windbreaker and can’t wok out from the photograph what it’s use is.
I opened the item on 1st April so thought it may have some relevance to that. However if this item is something to stop me, as a cabby owner, from breaking wind then I am interested!

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Re: Cabby windbreaker?

#5 Post by Dorchester » Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:45 pm

As an appetizer here is a pic sent by a mate on a French Rover FB group on his 200 cabby. It's exactly the same product:

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The weird element is that the seller has listed 2 references for that windbreaker, for the 214 & the 216! :*laughing my fat rear end off*
Only one left for Rover 214! Anyone here? The shop isn't very far from me in South of France (Montredon des Corbières, Aude).
But I assume that there are less & less Rover cabs on the road in France, that's why they're doing now a clearance sale at half price.
Besides other wind breakers for any other cars (Mercedes & the like) are keeping their initial prices.

As you can see my mate thought it wise to add two more snap fastener one on each side, because he'd noticed the cloth was too tight in the middle.
Hence it'll still possible to put on the hood cover.
I'll receive mine tomorrow, so keep you tuned...
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#6 Post by kevinwillis » Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:32 pm

Are the not head holes for the rear passengers

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Re: Cabby windbreaker?

#7 Post by Dorchester » Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:04 pm

kevinwillis wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:32 pm
Are the not head holes for the rear passengers
You puckish joker! :laughing
Indeed that's excluding any rear passenger as you may guess...
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#8 Post by Dorchester » Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:06 pm

Here is the result at home so far.
Still remain just the snap fastener problem I'll solve in my manner: I'm not keen to add another button and change anything so visible.
The trick is to attach both windbreaker points with a tiny but strong elastic strap which will be stuck between both parts of the only genuine 'button' which retains the hood cover. You can see the temporary result on the picture: far more discreet.
I'm just waiting for a 150 eyelet lot to swap both original ones on the windbreaker. Amazon told me it'll be delivered on Easter Sunday! They may have engaged slaves, did they? or is it a delayed 1st of April joke? :laughing

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Rover 214i cabriolet v16 1994 BRG & lightstone leather
Rover 25 1.4 Saws Tuning remapped 2002 platinum silver
Rover 75 V6 2.5 1999 Atlantic blue & sandstone beige leather

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Re: Cabby windbreaker?

#9 Post by Dorchester » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:46 am

And now hood on from inside, so that I can keep the windbreaker with hood either up or down:

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Rover 75 V6 2.5 1999 Atlantic blue & sandstone beige leather

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#10 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:58 pm

Would it not be easier to just drive the car with the roof up? :laughing2

Or even buy an R8 with a roof? :wink3
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Re: Cabby windbreaker?

#11 Post by Dorchester » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:16 pm

220 GSi turbo wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:58 pm
Would it not be easier to just drive the car with the roof up? :laughing2
Or even buy an R8 with a roof? :wink3
Possibly or probably either... :slapme
I had my parents R8 (214 Gsi 1994) but my better half broke her.
Hence I've got now a dual purpose R8... :laughing2 and I'm very happy with her.
The thing to do now: waiting for a good day with warm temperatures (-2°C tomorrow morning :o ) and have a real test on road to try the windbreaker efficiency...
The missus is rather chilly, don't be surprised... :laughing2
To be continued... :D
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Rover 25 1.4 Saws Tuning remapped 2002 platinum silver
Rover 75 V6 2.5 1999 Atlantic blue & sandstone beige leather

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Re: Cabby windbreaker?

#12 Post by Dorchester » Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:31 am

Here I am back from our yesterday journey, with a lovely picnic and a 7km walk around a nice lake. Absolutely nobody encountered along the lanes.
So I was able to experience the new windbreaker during the 10km back home with hood down (sunny day & nearly 20°C): it looks very efficient as far as I could test it up to 80 km/h (50 mls), twisting road and speed limited.

I cannot explain how that works, being an ignoramus in physics and not knowing a jot about aerodynamics.
But the thing is we feel more protected from the rear and noise & turbulence are surprisingly nearly nonexistent now (up to 50 mls indeed).
It's obvious as well that windscreen & quarter glasses are very protective on 200 series.
For me wind & draught aren't actually a problem but as expected my better half is rather sensitive which isn't very helping when you're a cabby owner & driver! :laughing2
But she was delighted. That's the point to keep us both happy isn't it? :D

I'm chuffed! Good investment.
Rover 214i cabriolet v16 1994 BRG & lightstone leather
Rover 25 1.4 Saws Tuning remapped 2002 platinum silver
Rover 75 V6 2.5 1999 Atlantic blue & sandstone beige leather

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