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  • Rover P4 80 1959 (Private plate) Grey

    Description

    Unveiled to great enthusiasm at the 1949 Earls Court Motor Show the Rover P4 was the brainchild of Spencer and Maurice Wilks and was heavily influenced in stylistic terms by the Raymond Loewy penned Studebaker Champion.

    It's transatlantic lines clothed a highly competent chassis with independent suspension with coil springs at the front and a live axle with half-elliptical leaf springs at the rear.

    The body shells were made by Pressed Steel and featured Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy doors, boot lid and bonnets and the P4 was one of the last UK cars to incorporate rear-hinged "suicide" doors. The '80' used a 2,286cc 4 cylinder Engine and was notably less `nose heavy' than its six-cylinder siblings enjoying far sharper handling.
    Motor Magazine tested an '80' in 1961 and recorded a top speed of 82.9 miles per hour and 0-60 mph in 22.4 secs and fuel consumption of 23.5 mpg.
    First registered on 26th October 1959 this exceptional example is finished in two tone Stone Grey over Navy Blue with Light Blue Leather trim and Light Blue carpets and has an upgraded 5 main bearing 2495cc Engine with 'Turner Engineering' Gas-Flowed 'Unleaded' Cylinder Head, Twin choke Weber 32/34 DMTL Carburettor, 4 Speed Manual Gearbox with Overdrive on 4th gear, longer ratio (3.9:1) Differential, Servo assisted Girling Disc Brakes, Lucas 16 ACR Alternator conversion, Electronic Ignition, 'Kenlowe' electric cooling Fan, Smith's instruments including a Rev Counter, uprated Wiper Motor and Halogen Headlamps.

    This car was purchased by the previous owner in 2000 and in 2002 it was given to Rover specialist 'Ely Service' for a full body restoration and repaint and subsequent interior re-trim and mechanical upgrades. Over ?12,000 was spent in total and the history file contains a full breakdown of all works undertaken including invoices, MOT certificates and previous invoices from 1986 onwards. The registration Document is showing 7 former keepers from new and the current recorded mileage of 106,600 is believed to be genuine.

    The car is in fantastic condition throughout and drives beautifully and must surely be one of the best examples currently available for sale.

    Car on display @ our showrooms in Mortlake.

    Specification

    • Type -

      Saloon

    • Year -

      1959

    • Basic colour -

      Grey

    • Colour name -

      /Blue

    • Transmission -

      Manual with Overdrive

    • Orientation -

      Right Hand Drive

    • Trim -

      Leather

    • Wheels -

      Steel

    £ 8,995


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