Lot 235 - 1972 Rover P5B Coupé
|Odometer reading||98,050 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,960|
The Rover P5 series was produced from 1958 until 1973. Models were marketed under the names Rover three Litre and Rover 3½ Litre. The final iteration of the P5 appeared in September 1967. Now powered by the 3,528cc Rover V8 engine also used in the P6 3500, the car was badged as the '3.5 Litre', and commonly known as the 3½ Litre. The final letter in the 'P5B' model name came from Buick, the engine's originator. Rover did not have the budget or time to develop such engines hence they chose to redevelop the lightweight aluminium concept, Buick could not make successful. They made it considerably stronger, which added some weight but still maintained the engine's light and compact features. The Borg Warner Type-35 automatic transmission, hydrosteer variable ratio power steering and front Lucas fog lights were now standard. Output of 160bhp was claimed along with improved torque. When compared to its predecessor, the aluminium engine enabled the car to offer improved performance and fuel economy resulting both from the greater power and the lesser weight of the power unit. The exterior was mostly unchanged, apart from bold '3.5 Litre' badging, a pair of fog lights which were added below the head lights, creating a striking four light array, and the fitting of chrome Rostyle wheels with black painted inserts.
This Rover P5B Coupé was sold new by Suttons of St. Helens to Mr. J Fielding on 2nd August 1972, in 1980 the car passed to his daughter who kept this Rover until 1987. It was then purchased by Mr. P Collins and in the following year he sold it to Mr. & Mrs. Reid. Over the next twelve years, the car was fully reconditioned including being repainted and the interior restored, the engine overhauled and converted to unleaded fuel, gearbox and radiator reconditioned, electronic ignition, electronic fuel pump, stainless steel exhaust system, up-rated antiroll bars, wider wheel rims and tyres and a Sony cd/radio and speakers, all at a cost of over £20,000. The Reid's sold the car in 2010 to the last entry in the V5C document showing that this P5B has continuous history from new. Finished in Zircon blue with a silver birch roof and buckskin leather interior, this Rover P5B is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in June 2015, a handbook pack which contains all the original handbooks, a large file containing invoices, old MoT's and other related paperwork and a box file with club magazines, workshop manuals and part suppliers.
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