Lot 301 - 1949 Rover P4 75 (Cyclops)
|Odometer reading||35,720 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,080|
This Rover P4 was registered on 16th September 1949 and is one of three cars Rover registered that day. The other two are no longer in existence and chassis number 04300003 is clearly the oldest Rover Cyclops available in the world today. It appears that it was used by a senior manager in their engine works (possibly for evaluation) until 1952, before it was released to Henleys of London and subsequently sold to a private buyer. The P4 was used by the second owner regularly until 1967 when it was put into a garage in Harrow and it didn't see daylight again for the next 45 years. In 2012, the vendor was offered the chance to buy her and being a man with substantial motor trade knowledge, he welcomed the chance to re-commission a Rover P4. What he didn't realise was the importance of this car and it wasn't until Rover Sports Chairman Mike Maher and James Taylor (author of Rover P4-The Complete Story) visited the vendor and inspected the car to confirm the significance of this Rover.
Fortunately, JNX 125 was stored well and remains in remarkably good order, taking into account she is 65 years old and in original condition. There is evidence of some paint repairs although it would seem they were done some 50 plus years ago and in addition to this the current vendor had to do a local repair to the offside front wheel arch. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 27th June 2015, we are advised this Rover P4 drives very well, with even the freewheel functioning correctly. Taking into account the age, historical importance and originality of this P4 Cyclops; this is an opportunity to purchase a piece of British motoring heritage that is very rarely available.