Lot 614: 1966 Rover 3500 Saloon
An engineering tour de force, yet somewhat lacking in the refinement long-associated with Rovers, the all-new 2000 debuted in 1963. Although the newcomer possessed an exemplary ride and a sumptuous and well-laid-out interior, its four-cylinder engine was noticeably harsher than the larger P5's 3-litre six. Enlargement to 2.2 litres liberated more power, but what was really needed was a better power unit. A capacious engine bay had been part of the design brief, so when Rover acquired the rights to Buick's light-alloy V8, its installation in the 2000 was accomplished relatively easily. Launched in automatic-only form in 1968, the 3500 was an immense improvement on its predecessor, the lazy, under-stressed V8 providing much greater flexibility and boosting top speed to close on 120mph.
This car has a German-market chassis plate stating that it is a Rover 2200TC, chassis number ‘45431512E’. However, the car is now right-hand drive and has a Rover 3.5-litre V8 engine installed. The odometer currently shows circa 100 miles. Finished in turquoise with black Everflex roof and beige interior, the vehicle is unregistered and offered without documents. A spare unstamped service voucher book and owner’s manuals for the 3500/3500S (x2) and 2200 (x1) models are included in the sale.
Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars|
Bonhams, Goodwood Festival Of Speed, Chichester
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£3220|
|Chassis number||45431512E (see text)|
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