Selling your classic car? It's FREE to list your car on Honest John Classics | No thanks

Rover 213 and 216 (1984 - 1990)

Last updated 25 September 2013

 
3
Sweet Honda engines, easy to drive, good visibility, an air of class and refinement, Vitesse surprisingly rapid
Rust, very low survival rate
Updated 1 April 1990
Rover 200 production ceased

Read more

Introduction

Following on from the highly successful Triumph Acclaim, Austin Rover decided that its next joint venture with Honda should wear the Viking longship. For most people, this was a culture shock, considering that the Rover name had traditionally been the preserve of large cars. So when the Honda Ballade-based 213 hit the market in 1984, the dealers and marketing people had quite some work to do. But it didn't take long for the word to get out – here was a Rover that was reliable and efficient, with sweet-running Honda drivertrain, and within months of going on sale the 213 was mixing it in the UK top 10 sellers' list.

The car was soon sold as a premium product within the Austin Rover line-up. The 200 range was extended in 1985 to include a locally-produced 1.6-litre S-Series engine, which was also available in fuel-injection form for the Vitesse version. 1987 saw the range lightly facelifted to include more equipment, a reprofiled boot lid, and uprated dashboard - subtle changes that reall boosted sales. In the end, the 200 would go on to out-sell the so-called volume-production Maestro and Montego, and setting its maker on a more upmarket course. All-round reliability was excellent, but the body suffered from horrendous rot all over, and as a consequence, not many are left now.

Next: Model Timeline
 

Ask Honest John