Lot 230 - 1966 13052 P5 Coupé, Mk. III
|Odometer reading||39,046 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,760|
The P5 appeared in September 1958, badged as the '3 litre' and powered by a 2999cc engine. This straight-six engine used an overhead inlet valve and side exhaust valve; an unusual arrangement inherited from the Rover P4. An automatic transmission, overdrive on the manual, and power steering were optional with overdrive becoming standard from May 1960. The Mk. II version of the P5 was introduced in 1962. It featured more power from the same three litre engine and an improved suspension, while dropping the glass wind deflectors from the top of the window openings. The most notable addition to the range was the option of the coupé body style launched in Autumn 1962. Unlike most coupés, which tend to be two door versions of four door saloons, this retained the four doors and was of the same width and length as the saloon, but featured a roofline lowered by two and a half inches along with thinner B-pillars. The Mk. III model was presented at the London Motor Show in October 1965, described at the time as "even more luxuriously trimmed". The Mk. III used the same engine as its predecessor, although it now produced 134bhp. Externally it could be distinguished by the full-length trim strip along the body; internally it replaced the rear bench seat with two individually moulded rear seats, making it more comfortable to ride in for four occupants. A total of 3919 Mk.III saloons and 2501 coupés had been sold by the time production ended in 1967.
First registered on 2nd February, 1966 to Mr. R. Lovett of Alnwick, Northumberland, this delightful manual with overdrive Mk.III coupé presents in exceptional condition and appears to be largely original. The Rover was painted a couple of years ago; purely to freshen her up and not because of any corrosion issues; photographic evidence is available to confirm this. The leather trim is in splendid order with the seats having a lovely patina. A number of previous MoT test certificates are available confirming little use in recent years. The mileage of 39,046 appears to be genuine although this is not warranted. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate, this is surely one of the best P5 Mk. III coupés available on the market today, sumptuously equipped and of very high quality in the truest Rover tradition.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.