Lot 185 - 1970 Rover P5B Coupé
|Odometer reading||61,955 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,880|
In 1965, Rover's Managing Director, William Martin-Hurst, secured the tooling and production rights to the '215' V8 engine from Buick. Rover redeveloped the engineering and launched it at the end of 1967 which, along with some other modifications, transformed their already highly regarded and successful P5 flagship into the P5B. The new aluminium V8 was significantly lighter and considerably more powerful than its predecessor, delivering 160bhp and a massive leap in torque to 210lb per ft. at 2600rpm, vastly improving pace, comfort, balance, handling, economy and reliability. Rover's only gearbox capable of handling such power was the Borg Warner Typre-35 automatic. Rover now possessed a formidable sporting saloon to take on the finest from Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar. Solihull production soon doubled to keep up with orders.
Presented in Silver Birch over Admiralty Blue with a Webasto sunroof and a buckskin leather interior, this vehicle was supplied new by Rover main agents, C.H. Truman of Nottingham. It has had just four owners from new; the last but one looking after it for over 25 years. It benefits from the complete tool kit under the dashboard as well as the original handbook and a file of paperwork. Acceptable upgrades include a large-core radiator, a stainless steel exhaust and a new laminated windscreen. Together with a full one year MoT test certificate, this sound example represents good value given its condition.
Previous lotLot 184 - 1986 Porsche 911/930 Turbo Flatnose
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