Lot 331 - 1969 Rover P5B Coupé (3.5 Litre)
|Odometer reading||79,986 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,800|
In 1965, Rover's Managing Director, William Martin-Hurst, secured the tooling and production rights to '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 Type-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 but the creation of British Leyland in 1968 however had the long term effect of thwarting Rover’s impressive growth and image-building. A strategic decision was taken to market Jaguar, now sitting alongside Rover in the British Leyland stable, to the luxury audience. The impressive V8 engine flourished for decades after within the Rover, Land Rover and Range Rover stable, as well as other marques such as TVR, Morgan and MG.
Originally registered on 20th March 1969, this Rover is delightfully handsome and benefits from having work carried out on her recently by the knowledgeable vendor. Our inspection confirmed this to be a sound example with a very solid chassis. The two-tone paintwork is in very good order and the leather trim, whilst perfectly useable, would benefit from a little time and investment. These Rovers are supremely comfortable to drive with a simple and uncluttered instrument layout virtually everything is at your finger tips. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 27th October 2018, these quintessentially British Rovers were used by government ministers and royalty on a regular basis.
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