Lot 283 - 1948 Rover P3 75 Six light saloon
|Odometer reading||83,000 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,072|
For the post-war market, Rover had a new engine that had been in preparation since the late 1930s. It was made in two versions and thus applied to the Rover 60 and 75; the Rover 60 with its four-cylinder unit of 1595cc and the Rover 75, a six-cylinder version with 2103cc. Both kept the original gearbox and the traditional Rover freewheel remained unchanged from the previous model.
To go with the engine, the new car was prepared and, although the outer shell was similar in styling to the Rover 12 and 16, many of the body panels were in fact new. Also new, and a first for a Rover, was independent front suspension; however, the brakes remained a hydraulic/mechanical hybrid system. Two body styles were available, a six-light saloon and four-light sports saloon. The cars were expensive at £1,080 for the Rover 60 and £1,106 for the Rover 75, and with early post-war production problems and material shortages, it was never intended that the cars would be produced in large numbers.
This example has recently returned to these shores from ownership in Ireland and is described as a truly original example. Offered in green with matching green upholstery to the cabin fitted by the previous owner and operating a four-speed manual with the traditional Rover freewheel, this original UK car has all NOVA documents present and in order. UK V5 registration documents have been applied for and we are informed that they should be present for the sale; however, if delayed for any reason, they will be sent on to the new owner. An affordable and delightful route to classic and characterful motoring; this plucky P3 will, we are sure, be of great interest.
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