Lot 315 - 1976 Rover 3500 P6
|Odometer reading||76,466 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
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.
This Rover P6 was originally registered on 4th May 1976 and has clearly been a well cared for car. The engine started immediately when requested and ran quietly and smoothly with no adverse rattles or noises. The white coachwork is in good order as is the black leather interior. The dashboard and general ergonomics of this Rover is excellent, with an easy to read set of dials. The vendor is a classic car enthusiast and has enjoyed owning this P6 and is only selling here due to lack of suitable storage space. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a history folder together with a full years MoT test certificate with no advisories, this Rover 3500 P6 is a good example of an iconic car from the period.
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