Lot 264 - 1933 Rover 12 Special

Lot 264 - 1933 Rover 12 Special

Lot 264 - 1933 Rover 12 Special

Lot Number 264
Registration OD 7226
Chassis Number 411145
Engine Number 411145
Odometer reading 46,407 miles
Estimate £12,000 - £18,000
Result Sold - £19,244
  • Eligible for VSCC events
  • Fully custom built ‘duck tail’ body

Starting its life as an unassuming Rover 12 saloon this Special was once owned by Tory agent Mr Wood who in 1984 collided with another car on the A38 while over twice the drink driving limit! Needless to say, the car needed repairs and thus the life of a Rover Special began, all corroborated by an article in the Cornish Times found in the history file. Indeed, after the crash the car remained laid up for four years until Mr Wood decided to use the car as a van, but as years went by, he eventually sold the car in 2000 to the then owner who had the express intent to create the Special for hill climbs and rallies. Our owner purchased the car last year, at this stage the car was in good shape but needed recommissioning and fettling which, being a keen enthusiast, he duly completed with invoices and receipts in the history file to show. However, despite loving the looks of the car, being used to perhaps more exotic vehicles and the like he decided to concentrate his time on other projects.

Presented in blue coachwork with contrasting red trim the first thoughts of this little Rover Special are of how pretty the duck tail body is, the history plots the restoration process and clearly indicates this was completed to a good standard. The history file that accompanies the car includes invoices, three photo albums of the rebuild, history relating to the original car including buff logbook, and a current UK V5 registration document. The 1465cc engine is showing good compression, the car starts on the button and would be an ideal partner for a foray into vintage/classic rallies, indeed has been accepted for VSCC eligibility. With some light fettling we are sure it would be competitive and huge amounts of fun, indeed this plucky yet gorgeous little Rover will tug on many a heartstring and promises to provide the new enthusiast with many miles of enjoyment.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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