Welcome to my site dedicated to the Rover 200 Cabriolet. Over time i hope the site will become packed with information for enthusiasts and owners of Rover Cabriolets, with only around 3000 left registered in the UK (according to howmanyleft.co.uk), Rover Cabriolets are becoming an ever decreasing sight on our roads, yet they offer, in my biased opinion, one of the most affordable entries into soft top motoring, both in terms of purchase price and maintenance costs, and in my experience they are incredibly reliable cars too!
The following two pictures are examples of an early Rover Cabriolet (pre facelift) and a facelifted model. The main visible differences in these pictures being the grill and the enlargement of the indicators. Although there were several other minor design changes across the exterior and interiors.
What is a Rover R8?
If like me when i first bought my Rover Cabriolet you are wondering what a Rover R8 is, the R8 was the development code Rover used when developing the MK2 200 and MK1 400 Rover models, which share a high percentage of parts, the 200 models being available in Cabriolet, Coupe and Hatchback models, the 400 being available as Saloon and Estate models.
Hatchback and Saloon models were available from 1989 – 1995, Cabriolet and Coupe models were available from 1992 – 1998, and estate models were available from 199? – 1998.
As you may know the Mk3 200 and MK2 400 models were introduced in 1995 meaning the Cabriolet, Coupe and Tourer (Estate) models overlapped the newer models which were only available in hatchback and saloon versions. This does, occasionally, cause a small degree of confusion when ordering parts for these models.