MG Rover has won a contract to supply the British government with Rover 75s for cabinet ministers' official use.

The first car, a black 2.5-litre Connoisseur model, is already being used by Stephen Byers, the secretary of state at the department of trade and industry.

The order followed the placement of a 75 with the government's car and despatch agency. In just over a year the vehicle covered 30,000 trouble free miles, mostly in central London.

Of the 11 manufacturers that bid for the cabinet ministers' business, only Rover and Jaguar - suppliers of prime minister Tony Blair's armoured XJ8 - were successful.
Rovers have long been the choice of British politicians and royalty.

Two famous older examples - prime minister Harold Wilson's P5 saloon, with specially enlarged pipe smoker's ashtray, and a similar car owned by the Queen - are in the Heritage Motor Centre car museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire.

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