Jeremy Clarkson actually liked the Rover 75!
Watch as Jeremy speaks his views on the Rover 75 back at its launch in 1998
The Rover 75 became the epitome of 'old man's car' and although I would happily exchange my MG3 for a 75 tomorrow if given the chance, even I can admit that it has more than just a bit of an image problem. It's a shame really; the 75 was so hopeful. It was seen as Rover's saviour as if it had come down from the heavens via the guardian angels of BMW. The car was well thought out, one million times better built than the SD1 from 20 years earlier and before people shrugged it off, it was stylish (although I think it is still very pretty). Eventually it became the butt of jokes and everyone was laughing at poor old Rover being sold off with the family silver by BMW in 2000. Even the MG ZT didn't sell as well as it could have done because of the image of the 75 it was based on.
But whilst browsing through YouTube this evening, I did find this video from Top Gear's coverage of the 1998 British International Motor Show in Birmingham. Right away we see Jeremy Clarkson and Quentin Wilson oh so very enthusiastic about the car with Jeremy going on to call it his "star of the show"! It does make it more and more concerning how the image of a company can completely ruin a perfectly good car, especially seeing as Rover was still on the up (sort of) at this point. The video also features the Jaguar S-Type, so there is another reason to watch the video, even if you don't like Rover.