Lot 282 - 1966 Rover P5 Coupé
|Odometer reading||58,000 miles|
|Estimate||£6,500 - £8,500|
|Result||Sold - £10,304|
The P5 appeared in September 1958 badged as the '3-Litre'. It was powered by a 2,995cc engine, a straight-six that used an overhead intake valve plus side exhaust valve; an unusual arrangement inherited from the Rover P4. Automatic transmission, overdrive (if you chose to opt for the manual) and power steering were optional, with overdrive becoming standard from May 1960. Stopping power came originally from a Girling brake system that employed 11-inch drums all round but this was a heavy car, so by the time of the London Motor Show in October 1959, Girling front-wheel power discs brakes had appeared. 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 whilst also 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 all four doors and the same width and length as the saloon, but featured a roofline lowered by 21/2", along with thinner b-pillars, giving it the look of a hardtop. Production of the Mk. II ended in 1965 by which time 5,482 coupés and 15,676 saloons had been made.
This splendid example, originally supplied to the UK, has since spent time in Spain before travelling back to the UK and being exported to Ireland, only to be returned to the UK once more and offered as we see here. Presented in light navy with grey interior trim, this P5 is offered with just 58,000 miles recorded, a valid MoT test certificate until February 2016 and all NOVA certificates from its recent import. New UK V5 registration has been applied for and should arrive in time for the sale, but if not, will be sent on. A fine example of a much loved motor car offered in good order and ready to be enjoyed at will.
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