Lot 337 - 1960 Rover 80 P4

Lot 337 - 1960 Rover 80 P4

Lot 337 - 1960 Rover 80 P4

Lot Number 337
Registration FPG29B
Chassis Number 645001127
Engine Number K151346
Odometer reading 6,350 miles
Estimate £4,000 - £6,000
Result Sold - £5,376

Unveiled to great enthusiasm at the 1949 Earls Court Motor Show, the P4 was a brainchild of Spencer and Maurice Wilks. Launched during 1960, the 80 proved to be among the rarest P4 variants. Derived from the contemporary Land Rover range, its 2286cc four-cylinder engine developed 77bhp and 124lbft and was allied to four-speed manual transmission. Notably less `nose heavy' than its six-cylinder siblings, the model enjoyed sharper handling. Reputedly capable of 87mph, the provision of overdrive and front disc brakes as standard gave the saloon relaxed cruising capabilities and reassuring stopping power.

Offered in two-tone grey and black and with a complimenting blue trim this Rover 80 is in extremely good condition throughout having undergone an astonishing £20,000+ restoration between 1998 and 2002. The bare metal restoration is detailed in the countless receipts and bills from Foundry Classic of Dorking that accompany this motorcar. Perhaps the most astonishing part of this lovely Rover 80, however, is the remarkable 6,350 miles recorded and backed up by an MoT test history dating throughout the life of the car. The current vendors have owned the car since new and exported it when they moved to America where it sat garaged the entire duration of their stay. When they returned to the UK, the decision was taken to restore their beloved Rover to its original glory and thus the project began culminating in this great example on offer today. Supplied with a Mot test certificate valid until September 2015, this is arguably one of the best examples of a Rover 80 in the country.

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.

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