Blue 2003 Rover 45

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Blue 2003 Rover 45

#1 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:17 pm

I came across the above earlier, parked in a field. The MOT expired in October 2019, probably due to corrosion problems. I will have to contact the owners to see what the situation is.
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Re: Blue 2003 Rover 45

#2 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:04 am

I've heard back from the owner. He's happy to accept the scrap value for it.

I haven't inspected closely, but it appears to be a 1.8 5 door and may have a leather interior.

Ideally, it would be nice if if was a viable Restoration project. Without seeing any photos, what do you think would be a fair price for it?
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1990 216 GSi Auto 5 Door
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2001 1.8 Connie 45 4 Door - Wedgewood Blue
2005 1.6 GSi 45 5 Door - Firefrost

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Re: Blue 2003 Rover 45

#3 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:18 am

I have recently acquired an MoT failure Rover 25 1.4 and have been quoted £170 by cartakeback.com to scrap it (that is the price they will pay if they come to collect it)

However, I am stripping it of anything useful first, so that price is likely to go down :wink3

If you are thinking of trying to buy the 45 as a project, you have nothing to lose if you try an offer of £100 - £150.
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Re: Blue 2003 Rover 45

#4 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:33 am

220 GSi turbo wrote:
Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:18 am
If you are thinking of trying to buy the 45 as a project, you have nothing to lose if you try an offer of £100 - £150.
After phoning a couple of local scrapyards (one quoted £160 collected), I offered £150 which he accepted.

I'm not raising my hopes too high, but if it's not viable as a project, at least it will be a valuable parts donor. Fingers crossed!
Topcat Tomcat (aka Conductorwomble)

1990 216 GSi Auto 5 Door
1995 214 iS 3 Door
2001 1.8 Connie 45 4 Door - Wedgewood Blue
2005 1.6 GSi 45 5 Door - Firefrost

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Re: Blue 2003 Rover 45

#5 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:50 am

I went to have a close look at it yesterday.

Overall, it's in pretty good condition.

Paintwork is pretty good although looking at the photos last night, there may be a dent in the rear offside door, but nothing serious.

The Turbine alloys have flaking paint, revealing a white undercoat.

The small quarterlight glass in the rear, nearside door is broken. I was concerned that there may be water damage, but everything looks pretty good. In fact, it might have kept it aired, as there's very little mildew.

The boot is dry.

It has a black leather interior of the later design. It's all pretty filthy inside, but nothing a good clean won't sort.

The only potential problem is rust and the bottom of the front wheel arches to to front floor pan. I can't really assess it until it's picked up.

Short term, the plan is to recommission it, as it's too good to break. I would keep it if I had more secure space, but it's not really practical.

I will post some photos when I can access my Flickr account!
Topcat Tomcat (aka Conductorwomble)

1990 216 GSi Auto 5 Door
1995 214 iS 3 Door
2001 1.8 Connie 45 4 Door - Wedgewood Blue
2005 1.6 GSi 45 5 Door - Firefrost

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Re: Blue 2003 Rover 45

#6 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:29 am

It's now back at my mechanic's premises. Overall, it's not too bad, although it does a small amount of welding. A full report to follow.

I popped over yesterday to give it a quick clean and vacuum inside and fit a replacement rear quarterlight glass. This was advertised on Ebay as being for every model year 45. Unfortunately, it turned out to be too big!

I doubt if Rover produced two different designs of door, so I assume that it's been mis-advertised. Can anyone confirm before I ask for a refund?
Topcat Tomcat (aka Conductorwomble)

1990 216 GSi Auto 5 Door
1995 214 iS 3 Door
2001 1.8 Connie 45 4 Door - Wedgewood Blue
2005 1.6 GSi 45 5 Door - Firefrost

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Re: Blue 2003 Rover 45

#7 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:50 am

Does anyone know if the answer to the above question? I've contacted the seller of the glass and sent him a photo of it against my 2005 car.
Topcat Tomcat (aka Conductorwomble)

1990 216 GSi Auto 5 Door
1995 214 iS 3 Door
2001 1.8 Connie 45 4 Door - Wedgewood Blue
2005 1.6 GSi 45 5 Door - Firefrost

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Re: Blue 2003 Rover 45

#8 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:04 am

It appears that the 'mystery' may have been solved! The chap thinks he might have sent one from a 25 by mistake! If anyone would like it for the cost of postage or would like to pick it up, please let me know. There are one or two scratches on it though.
Topcat Tomcat (aka Conductorwomble)

1990 216 GSi Auto 5 Door
1995 214 iS 3 Door
2001 1.8 Connie 45 4 Door - Wedgewood Blue
2005 1.6 GSi 45 5 Door - Firefrost

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