Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
Old-school traffic officers - and I've asked a few - loved the SD1. Sure, they all have fond memories of the Capri, but it's the brawny rumble of the V8 Rover that always gets them all misty-eyed with nostalgia.
It wasn't just the drivers who loved them either - the beancounters were so enamoured with the SD1's mixture of reliability, practicality and pace that when production ceased, various police forces stockpiled Rovers for future use throughout the eighties.
The one you see here is a 1983 traffic car which now lives in the Met Police's heritage collection; it was the support car on the infamous 'liver run' - the dash from Stansted Airport to a Kensington hospital to deliver a liver to a transplant patient. Scroll down to the bottom of this post, you'll see the London section of the chase with the camera mounted on board this very car. (Or click here for the whole thing.)
...and click here for more pictures of the Met's heritage collection.