Lot C513


1968 Rover P5 V8 3.5 Saloon
Reg. no. HDR 720F
Chassis no. 84000528
Engine no. 8400097
Introduced in 1958, Rover’s P5 was to become a symbol of fine, traditional British car manufacturing; well made, stylish and with a good turn of pace, the car reached its apogee in 3.5 litre V8 ‘B’ form. This was the result of Rover’s acquisition of the rights to the Buick 3.5 litre V8, which was then installed in both the P5 and P6. In the P5, it gave 158bhp and tremendous torque. This made it noticeably quicker than the old 3-litre six-cylinder model, while the engine’s lighter weight meant that fuel economy actually improved. In addition, the P5B now came as standard with a Borg-Warner automatic gearbox, plus power steering, making these cars extremely easy to drive. As before, the range consisted of two four-door models; the saloon and, unusually, a four-door coupe. They were a common sight transporting politicians, royalty and other members of the British establishment into the 1980s. Indeed, the very last batch of P5Bs produced, in 1973, was bought by the British Government and kept in storage for official duties. Still today, these cars exude an aura of quality and solidity that only a true luxury car can.
This example, finished in dove grey, has had ten recorded previous keepers and according to the history file, received an engine rebuild in circa 2004 (bills are present supporting this). Also present are the owner’s maintenance manual, a V5C and various MOT certificates. Upon inspection the car started easily and ran well, there are one or two areas of the paintwork that would benefit from some attention, but overall this example presents well.

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£10,000 - 12,000

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