[ROVERNET - UK] Re: Flood of SD1 full scale "Kits"

Geoff Kirkpatrick britcarnut at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 2 22:49:02 GMT 2005

Seems like somebody like Rimmer Bros might be interested in this?  It
would have to be someone who does a lot of volume in Rover spares and has
a lot of storage capacity.  

Geoff Kirkpatrick

> Folks,
> Many of us received the following message about an SD1
> "Alladin's Cave" of SD1 bits.  I'd be less concerned
> if the message didn't come from Ravi Shankar.  I send
> it for your amusement.
> Eric
> ********************************************************
> Forwarded message from R Shankar
> <mehtashankar at yahoo.co.in> -----
>     Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 09:29:17 -0800 (PST)
>     From: R Shankar <mehtashankar at yahoo.co.in>
> Reply-To: R Shankar <mehtashankar at yahoo.co.in>
>  Subject: Huge quantity of new / unused Rover Sd1 Kits
> available.
>       To: <large list of international receipients>
>  Dear   Webmaster
>     May I request you to pass this on to the President
> of your club for the benefit of the members.
>     Dear Mr. President  /  Secretary   of the various
> Clubs
>     You  may not know that the Rover SD1 was imported
> to India by the Standard Motor Products of India Ltd.,
> in 1984/85. It was in completely knocked  down
> condition and assembled from panels on jigs. The
> factory closed  down due to in-ept handling. 
> The imported components in Customs  bonded warehouse
> were auctioned. The quantity was in bins, containers, 
> crates and piled up to the roof in 6 or 7 huge
> warehouses. 
> The  last CEO of the company mentioned  that the parts
> are enough to  assemble 2000 SD1 s !!!    But parts &
> headlights  were stolen by the un-employed starving
> workers. But I dont think the  lights should be a
> problem. If there are buyers for the entire lot, 
> these could be ordered from the Taiwan company DEPO.
>   The current owners who have bought the lot  are
> offering complete kits for assembling the Rover SD1
> car from panels.  
>   If  there is a good demand they would also consider
> assembling the bare  shell and putting the rest inside
> the shell and shipping. But in this  case the freight
> would be quite high, as only 3 shells could be shipped
>  in a 40 foot container.
>       However their immediate aim is to sell the
> complete kits first.
>   They would even consider selling only the body
> panels for 1 car  separately if there is a demand. Or
> only the assembled shell without  the other parts.
>   But this would be later after a major portion of the
> kits are sold.
>   There about 1000 COMPLETE kits (definitely 600
> COMPLETE kits) available  as estimated from the 600
> pairs of H/lights & 1200 M-cyl+booster  assys. They
> are for sale as one lot or in lots of 20 kits in a 20
> foot  container or 40 kits in a 40 foot container. 
> What is NOT included in the kits are:  
> (a) engine + gearbox assys.  
> (b) radiator,  
> (c) battery  
> (d) Bumpers(as these were made here of FRP)  
> (e) seat covers, as these were done here.  
>   Wonderful car. Which is more the pity it died such a
> sad death. I had one too.  
> It  failed here because they used the old Vanguard
> 2000 cc engine while  they were copying the VM diesel
> with which the car was fitted in the  UK. 
>   So if there is any interest in these kits, panels,
> parts, kindly contact me.
>   If you wish you could spread the message for the
> benefit of others.
>   Ronnie Mehta
>   mehtashankar at yahoo.co.in

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