Lot 115 - 1974 Rover P6 3500

Lot 115 - 1974 Rover P6 3500

Lot 115 - 1974 Rover P6 3500

Lot Number 115
Registration SEC 698M
Chassis Number 4512182IE
Engine Number 45117081D
Odometer reading 15,807 miles
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £2,860
  • Barn find
  • Offered without reserve

The P6 was announced on 9th 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 114mph 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 20th April 1968, it achieved a maximum speed of 117mph, 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds, with a standing quarter mile in 17.6 seconds.

This Rover 3500 was originally registered in January 1974 and presents in blue with a black interior. The car still displays a Broadway Autos of Cricklewood dealer sticker. Although the engine has not been started for a while however it can be turned over by hand. This automatic example of the biggest engine version of the P6 is offered without reserve. It would be lovely to see this Rover back on the road. SEC 698M is an ideal restoration project that could prove extremely rewarding.

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