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Nice collection. Well that’s my French homework for the evening. Lots about the security systems in the brochure! Does your’s have the ABS option?
You may help yourself with the same brochure in English in front of you if any! :D
No thanks to God my nippy cabby hasn't the ABS option: the advantage with an older car is that you cannot be harassed by all those modern failures!
Neither she's got the airbag...

Now I just need that special leaflet about the 214 limited edition - which is mine - Rover did sell in the past once a year to boost the sales in 1994 for sure and 1995 as well I assume, with the same high finish level as the upper range 216 (among them: electric hood, electric front windows, full cream leather interior and alloys, minus the mirrors which weren't electric like in the 216).
I've seen a 1995 recto verso leaflet - 2 pages! - in English on the fleabay at an appallingly pricey offer:
Rover 200-Series Cabriolet 1.4 1995 UK Market Single Sheet Sales Brochure

 

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Soon on my cabby at last a beige hood cover which will easily help me forgetting that bad looking grey-ish one I was given last September. It looks in pretty fair condition and hardly used. I've just received this picture from my French seller : at 25€ (£22) plus shipping it's nearly a steal don't you think so?

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We've just been part of a rally in the Montagne Noire (Black Mountain) in the South of the Tarn departement with the 214 cabby far much at ease in those twisty & winding country roads than the stately V6.

I'm very impressed - say stunned even amazed - by her responsiveness and oomph uphill and in corners and both together provided you may keep her above 2.5k revs just going down into gears when required as usual. 3k revs looks enough to drive a very vivid & self-willing engine. I pushed her to the limits followed throughout a fair distance by a few brisk big motorbikes: whereafter their owners told me they were rather impressed by the cabby... and my drive BTW... :p I bet the engine runs better now than when she got out of the plant mainly thanks to ethanol (105 octane grade) and a few mods in the air box (K&N panel & some more holes in the low box to help the engine breathe a little better). Given the positive remarks I received I assume it's not a placebo effect...

When I went to the pump at the end of the day here was the result with a heavy foot all along the journey: 8.07L / 100km that makes 35 mpg with full E85 or with unleaded RON 95 20% more i.e. around 42 mpg. Not that bad...
BTW we won two prizes: one for the most distant equipage (no merit at all TBH) and another because we got the highest score in the quiz we were given with the road book... Don't ask me how we achieved that... :unsure:
Well here is the heroine with her new beige hood cover which suits her far better than that dull grey-ish one...

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Thank you @gnu .
On another matter - tyres - so far I'd been faithful to Goodyear (75) and Dunlop (25) but regarding the specific size of the cabby (and 25 as well, they are exactly the same) i.e. 185 x 55 x 15 82 V, I've just found out another very good reference which looks as good as Dunlop but far cheaper:
NEXEN N'Blue HD Plus - economy: C but handling: A and noise: 67db - same performances but 50€ (£45.50) instead of 78€ (£71) (Dunlop). The rubber looks a little softer hence lasting a bit less but a little more comfortable on the other hand which could be a good point for a cabby frequently shaken on uneven roads...
I'm thinking of fitting them on the cabby when needed but not before next year at earliest.
 

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As I'm a bit fed up lugging around from one garage to the other my good 5 years old Noco Genius charger, I've decided to dig in my pockets up to the princely sum of 25.99€ (£23.33) (free shipping - bargain!) for that new digital one from Amazon France:


Automatic Smart Battery Charger/Maintainer 12V/8A 24V/4A Pulse Repair Charger with LCD Display

Hence the Noco will remain in the smaller garage with the cab (and the 25 outside under the shelter) when the new one will be kept to feed the 75 in the larger garage - or the other way round - when they are not gone out.
 
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