Overview
Produced: 1949-1954, 43241 produced.
Types: Saloon,4 doors,4 seats

Rover finally broke away from its pre-war designs in 1949 with the launch of its new P4 75 model. The 75 was all new and featured a modern four door saloon body mounted on a substantial separate chassis powered by a smooth six cylinder engine of 2103cc. The engine used the contemporary overhead inlet, side exhaust valve layout and was coupled to a four speed gearbox with a column shift change (later cars had a floor shift).

The styling of the 75 was as controversial then as the current Rover 75 is now. Only for different reasons!. The original 75 was considered to be very modern and futuristic. From 1949-1952 the 75 had a front spot lamp mounted centrally in the grille. This unusual feature became known as the "Cyclops Eye" and these early cars are now a sought after model. 

Buyers Guide Rover P4 (1949-1964) featured in Practical Classics September 2004 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click here to view.

Source: Motorbase
Engines
CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
2103ccS6 IOERover S4 IOE65mm x 105mm7.25
Drivetrain and Suspension
DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
Performance
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
84 mph20.8 s26 mpg
Auction Sales History
Lot
Num
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
087 Rover P4 75 Cyclops Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 25 Sep 2013 Not sold
041 Rover P4 75 Saloon Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 26 Sep 2012 £2100.00 -
016 Rover 75 P4 Saloon Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 18 Jul 2012 Not sold
013 1950 ROVER 75 H&H Sales Limited 22 Nov 2006 £850.00 -
650 Rover P4 75 'Cyclops' Saloon Cheffins 4 Dec 2004 £3250.00 -
1901 Rover P4 Cyclops (1950) Bonhams & Brooks 4 Dec 2000 - £4600.00
216 Rover P4 75 (1952) Coys 15 Jan 2000 - £1882.00
003 Rover 75 (1950) BCA 12 Oct 1998 £1900.00 -
027 Rover 75 (1951) BCA 10 Aug 1998 £2600.00 -
016 Rover 75 Cyclops (1951) H&H Sales Limited 8 Apr 1998 £2800.00 -
017 Rover 75 (1953) BCA 6 Oct 1997 Not sold
029 Rover 75 Saloon (1953) H&H Sales Limited 23 Jul 1997 £2600.00 -
025 Rover 75 Saloon (1953) H&H Sales Limited 16 Apr 1997 £1000.00 -
009 Rover 75 (1950) Sandown 21 Sep 1996 £1550.00 -
Books
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Article Group Test - Fuel of the future - 1961 Jaguar MKIX, 1952 Rover 75, 1953 Citroen Light 15
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Publication Practical Classics October 2006
Group Test - Fuel of the future - Low emissions, renewable resources.  Not the windmill, but three luxurious classics converted to diesel.  PC finds out how each owner made the change. 1961 Jaguar MKIX, 1952 Rover 75, 1953 Citroen Light 15.
Article Four reasons to save Rover
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Publication Classic Cars September 2005
Four reasons to save Rover - Rover is no more.  Great cars from its past include the P4, P5, P6 and the SD1 Vitesse.  Driving them reveals why the company deserved better fate than its contoversial closure this year.
Article Buyers Guide - Rover P4 - How to buy a Rover legend (1949-1964)
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Publication Practical Classics September 2004
Buyers Guide - Rover P4 - How to buy a Rover legend - As English as cricket, the Rover P4 still sums up everything that’s great about British cars. Rover P4 1949-1964
Article Head master - Part Six
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Publication Practical Classics May 1998
Head master - Part Six - Our project P4 needed educating about running in the corridors on unleaded fuel.  Tutor Simpson chalks up the lessons.
Article Buyer's Guide - Rover P4
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 20 July 2011
Buyer's Guide - Rover P4 - The 'Auntie; Rover has long been a consistent favourite with enthusiasts of classic British saloons, and these elegant old-world saloons last and last, says JAMES TAYLOR.
Article Buying Power Rover P4
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 3 December 2009
Buying Power Rover P4 - The Rover P4 was one of the great products of post-war Britain.  If you like your driving on the stately side, this could be just the ticket, says RICHARD DREDGE.
Article The lost traveller - Auntie's Final Fling
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Publication Classic Car Mart December 2009
The lost traveller - Auntie's Final Fling - Steve Wilson talks to Rover fanatic Dougie Cross and samples his 'Auntie' P4.
Article What's the worst that can happen...when buying a classic Rover?
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Publication Classic Car Mart May 2008
What's the worst that can happen...when buying a classic Rover?- There may not be any new Rovers on sale any more (or now, at least) but there's a wide choice of desirable classic metal waiting to be snpped up, argues Paul Guinness.  Rover P4, Rover P5/P5B, Rover P6/P6B, Rover SD1, Rover 200 BRM.
Article Buying Power - Rover P4
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 11 October 2007
Buying Power - Rover P4 - Often unfairly written off as stuffy, staid and unexciting, the Rover P4 actually surprises with its capable driving experience, Auntie indeed! IAN SEABROOK uncovers the truth of this capable machine.  Our expert is Stan Johnson of the P4 Drivers Guild, whose 41 years of experience come in handy to anyone looking to buy one of these Rovers.
Article Twin test Rover P4 vs Alfa 1900
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Publication Classic Car Mart February 2007
Twin test Rover P4 vs Alfa 1900 - Simon Goldsworthy is tasked with finding something dignified that won't unsettle the neighbours, but which still remembers that family motoring can be fun.
Article Timewarp Classics: No 25 - 1949: Rover P4
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 17 August 2006
Timewarp Classics: No 25 - 1949: Rover P4 - The P4 is one of those British classics that many enthusiasts look upon with rose-tinted spectacles.  But this most genteel of cars was actually born during tumultuous times.  RICHARD GUNN looks back upon the birth of the real Auntie Rover.
Article Thinking of Buying.....A Rover P4?
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Publication Classic Car Mart November 2005
Thinking of buying.....A Rover P4? - Do you fancy a post-war saloon with a touch of class, a considerable road presence and an unmistakeable silhoutte? Ted Purcell goes off to meet Aunty...
Article Buying Power - Rover P4
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 7th July 2004
Buying Power - Rover P4 - You canít choose your family but you can choose a great Auntie.  Roverís P4 was in production for 15 years, and came to epitomise the British marque in the eyes of many.  RICHARD GUNN is your guide to buying the best you can.
Article Starter Classic - Rover P4
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Publication Classic & Sports Car July 2004
Starter Classic - Rover P4 - Rover’s most robust yet straightforward luxury saloon is a sturdy classic option, says Malcolm McKay.
Article Travels with My Aunt - Real life Rover P4
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Publication Classic Car Mart June 2004
Travels with My Aunt - Real life Rover P4 - Simon Piant had wanted a P4 Rover of his own for as long as he could remember.† Now he has one.† How does the reality match the dream?
Article Maintenance Guide - Rover P4
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Publication Classics Spring 2004
Maintenance Guide - Rover P4 - With a well-deserved reputation for solid construction, worthy engineering and enjoyable driving charactreristics, the P4 Rovers are also easier than might be imagined to look after at home. Kim Henson takes a close look....
Article Classics November 2002 pg 32
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Publication Classics November 2002
Imposing Style. These three luxury classics all offer comfort and civility in a stylish package, but they each have a different approach. Tim Morgan compares them, and tries to pick a winner.
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