Lot 269 - 1970 Rover P6 (3500cc)
|Odometer reading||67,488 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £11,000|
|Result||Sold - £6,650|
The P6 was announced on 9 October 1963, just before the Earls Court Motor Show. The vehicle was marketed first as the Rover 2000 and was a complete "clean sheet" design intended to appeal to a larger number of buyers than earlier models such as the P4 it replaced. The 3500 was introduced in April 1968 (one year after the Rover company was purchased by Triumph's owner, Leyland) and continued to be offered until 1977. The manufacturer asserted that the light metal V8 engine weighed the same as the four-cylinder unit of the Rover 2000, and the more powerful car's maximum speed of 114 mph as well as its 10.5-second acceleration time from 0-60 mph were considered impressive, and usefully faster than most of the cars of this price and specifications. In comparison, tested by Motor magazine in the issue published on 20 April 1968, it achieved a maximum speed of 117 mph, 0-60 mph in 9.5secs, with a standing quarter-mile in 17.6secs.
Despite being at the time considered the pricier and intelligent choice over the then long in the tooth Jaguar Mk.II, the P6 has remained relatively under-appreciated by comparison, however, this beautiful nut-and-bolt restored example is sure to change that. Purchased by the current vendor in 2013, it was destined for a restoration that would far surpass its value and only due to the vendor's attention to detail and passion for the car, do we see such an example here.
Finished in faultless Zircon blue with black trim and originally registered in June, 1970, it is fair to say this is one of the best P6's we have offered. All chrome, rubber and paintwork are exemplary, as is, understandably, the underside of the car. The door-shuts are better than new and, we are informed, the engine performs perfectly. We are confident this example will impress under any inspection therefore viewing is highly recommended.
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