A Rover P5B that has been subject to a full mechanical restoration and with a really interesting back story. One owner until I bought it and just 32000 miles which is known to be correct. Please do not be put off by the cosmetic condition of the paintwork; I have deliberately left it that way! The vehicle was originally bought in 1968 by a motoring journalist from North London who used the vehicle regularly until his sudden death in 1978. Following his unfortunate demise, the vehicle remained undisturbed in a very dry garage, until I got to hear of it a couple of years ago. The widow of the owner decided that it was time to clear the garage of its’ contents and her nephew was tasked with finding a home for his late uncles’ car. He contacted a pal of mine within the motoring department of the Daily Express newspaper for some advice and it was suggested that he should contact me. After a couple of meetings and some telephone calls, the car was finally extracted from its’ resting place and a plan was made to return it to the road. I decided to leave the cosmetics exactly as they were and to only attend to the mechanical side which, after forty years of inactivity, generated quite an extensive list. Over a period of more than a year, everything that needed attention was attended to, using parts that were mostly acquired from marque experts JR Wadhams Ltd. Surprisingly, due to the dry storage conditions, the engine and gearbox still turned but everything mechanical was repaired or replaced, including, of course, the brakes, cooling, electrics, fuel system, tyres and so on. The vehicle now runs like a dream. I have just returned from a forty mile journey and everything works, including the clock. The interior trim is in an outstanding condition, with the seats, and the headlining truly looking like the ten year old car that it was when it was first stored. It still has the original sticker advising you to use 100 Octane (5 star) fuel and the Triplex heated screen sticker, along with the sticker on the speedometer advising how to use the trip meter (please ask for further images). It really is a bit of a ‘Q’ car. It looks as though it’s on its’ last legs but it is mechanically spot on. I am deriving quite a lot of fun from the glances it gets as you waft on by. Should a cosmetic restoration be desired by the new owner, the bodywork is pretty well rust free and should not require too much remedial work other than attending to a couple of scrapes and replacing some rubber seals and chrome trims. Such was the suddenness of the owners’ demise that the boot still has a box of original, 1970s, polishes and lubricants!
|Make||British Classic Cars|
|Category||British Classic Cars, Classic Cars, Rover|
|LHD / RHD||LHD|
|Private / Trade||Private|
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|Advert placed on||November 22, 2018 5:02 pm|