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Old 24th May 2017, 15:43   #21
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I have owned Sophie Rhys Jones ex Buckingham Palace 1999 Rover 75 2.0 V6 Connoisseur SE Auto in Copperleaf with Aubergine Personal Leather for the last 14 years. The photos attached are from a couple of years ago and yes the n/s front was low at the time.
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Old 8th February 2018, 00:18   #22
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Yes, I have an ex-ministerial Connie SE 2.5 in Tempest Grey with beige leather seats and all the bells and whistles. One of three that were supplied to the Government Car and Dispatch Service in March 2005 in a last ditch attempt by the Blair Government to show some support to Rover. The GCDS used these vehicles as part of the ministerial pool - there is quite a lot of info in Hansard.

It is not armoured and the only discernible difference is the additional "map lights" in the rear of the car for reading on the move. By 2008, there was a lot of noise about emissions and the heavier gas guzzlers were pensioned off in favour of the decidedly unministerial Prius.

I picked it up from a local dealer in Hampshire with 52k on the clock. 9 years later its done a sterling 170k and never let me down. Fantastic car and very luxurious. Sadly though it is about to become very expensive due to wear and tear on a lot of parts and its in need of a cambelt change.

Its not going to pass its upcoming MOT without a fair whack spent on it and I'm planning to trade it in in a couple of weeks - unless anyone wants to take on a labour of love and a slice of motoring history!
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Sounds like you have a long wheel base version 75 which has the additional interior lights in the back.
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When i did my YTS at Austin Rover I sat in a few R800s with bullet proof windows etc and my God the doors were very heavy and the glass about an inch thick.
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Here is Alistair Darlings ministerial Rover 75 outside 11 Downing Street.

Darling was the Chancellor of the Exchequer under Gordon Brown 2007-2010



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Old 9th February 2018, 11:30   #26
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Here is Alistair Darlings ministerial Rover 75 outside 11 Downing Street.

Darling was the Chancellor of the Exchequer under Gordon Brown 2007-2010



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I think my Limo was also an ex-ministerial car.

It was registered as an alternative fuel car with a factory-fit LPG installation, and was hence exempt from the London Congestion Charge. When it was overhauled a while ago at Austin Garages, we had wiring etc removed for TWO mobile phone installations, so maybe a famous bum sat on its seats .




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Sounds like you have a long wheel base version 75 which has the additional interior lights in the back.
No - its a standard wheelbase version. What it has are two "map lights" on flexible mountings on the parcel shelf behind the rear seats. It also has one in the front passenger seats.
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Old 6th March 2022, 21:30   #28
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Does anyone own an ex ministerial car

I used to own one, still in touch with the owner. Also, one for sale on carandclassic for 35K (!)



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One dreads to think of the mpg on an armoured V6 ... Hey wait a minute, maybe I've got one !!
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I remember a police motorcyclist telling me about the time he and another PMC had to escort a motorcade with "Royalty" over the M62. They were on the BMW bikes and the motorcade was a bit late, so went rather quickly, past the pickup point. They couldn't catch it!!!
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