Lot C529


1974 Rover P6 3500S
Reg. no. GAE 397N
Chassis no. 48111099D
Engine no.
The Rover P6 represented something of a departure from the P4 which it replaced in 1963. Whereas the P4 was traditional and somewhat conservative – although still a superb car – the P6 was forward-thinking and thoroughly modern. It was extremely well-received, and in 1964 became the very first winner of the European Car of the Year title. Intended to appeal to a broad market, the P6 was priced lower and initially had smaller four-cylinder engines, as opposed to the P4’s thirsty ‘six’. It offered some ground-breaking features for a car in its class, such as De Dion tube rear suspension and four-wheel disc brakes – inboard at the rear. In terms of styling, too, it was bang up to date, and indeed still looked good after a few minor revisions when production ended in 1977. The ‘ultimate’ P6 is often said to be the V8-engined 3500, which was first offered in 1968 after Rover acquired the rights to the superb Buick-derived V8 engine from General Motors. Particularly in manual 3500S form – S here standing for ‘synchromesh’ – the P6 with this engine became a real driver’s car, with performance that still holds up well in 2021.
This superb 1974 3500S was bought new by a Mr Pollard of Bristol. The car was supplied by MWM Motors in rare Paprika Red with Ebony leather upholstery, its £3,186.75 purchase price including a spare wheel mounting, Radiomobile 1095 unit and full ‘End Rust’ treatment. Mr Pollard was to own the car until his death in 1999, always having it MOT tested and maintained by MWM, with work carried out including new wings and a respray. The car passed to a family friend, who similarly cherished the car – indeed, it has been a regular attendee and award winner at car shows in the South West. Gunston & Kelly of Bristol took over MOT duties, and thus, remarkably, this car has only been MOT tested by two garages in its 47 years. With just three registered keepers in two families, detailed MOT history and continuous Bristol ownership from new, this P6 has excellent pedigree. The odometer stuck at 81,640 miles in 2017, but the car has only seen minimal usage since then. In very good all-round condition, and said to be running and driving well, this fine example of one of the most useable 70s classics comes with the aforementioned MOT history, owner’s manual, Radiomobile instructions, and a two-part Repair Operation Manual in its original British Leyland box.

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