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Lot 016: Rover 75 P4 Saloon

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

Incredibly strong, smooth and comfortable, the Rover P4 is one of the best-made cars ever to be mass produced on these shores. In production from 1949 until 1964, it came in a bewildering number of versions but all were excellent cars, furnished to a very high standard with plenty of wood and leather, that were enormously popular with the middle class motorist. The original P4, the model 75, arrived in 1949. It featured controversial modern styling which contrasted with the basically pre-war Rover P3 which it replaced, and which was heavily based on the bullet-nosed Studebakers of the same era. One particularly unusual feature was the centrally mounted headlight in the grille, known as the 'Cyclops eye' which was removed after 1952. Power came from a beautifully smooth 2.1-litre Rover inlet-over-exhaust straight-six engine mated to a four-speed manual transmission with column shift on the early cars and floor change from 1954. A 75 tested by The Motor magazine in 1949 had a top speed of 83.5 mph and could accelerate from 060 in 21.6 seconds with 28mpg economy. The Rover 75 on offer today was first registered on 1st August 1952 in Northampton and was delivered to a Mr Edgar Lawrence of Stoney Stratford. Excluding dealers the Rover has had just four owners from new and comes with its original buff log book. The car also retains its original registration number, CVV 513, and comes in the very fetching colour scheme of black with a red leather interior. The vendor states that the car is in quite remarkable original condition and does not appear to have been subject to any major restoration work. The history file contains many previous MOT certificates and correspondence relating to the mileage. Whilst the vendor cannot actually warrant the mileage of 41,000, he has every confidence that it is probably correct and that belief is reinforced by two letters in the history file from two of the previous owners. He further states that car behaves impeccably on the road, the engine, brakes and transmission performing particularly well, with an MOT until June 2013. These lovely old cars really are a treat to own and drive and this wonderfully patinated example looks most tempting at the modest guide price suggested.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number016
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1952
Condition rating
Registration numberCVV 513
Mileage-
Chassis number24301343
Engine number24304222
Engine capacity (cc)2103
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors