Motodrome are pleased to offer this 1972 example of the stately Rover P5b Coupe
All P5B’s, with the Rover V8 motor, automatic transmission, PAS, and decent brakes, are supremely useable for a classic car, and this one has also been fitted with electronic ignition, stainless exhaust, thermostatically controlled cooling fan, electric fuel pump, and a recently-fitted towbar. It also has it’s period Radiomobile radio, and a rudimentary period cruise control system fitted, although we haven’t tested this.
What really sets this one apart is that had just one private owner for 40 years up to 2020, who cherished it and used it carefully and sparingly since having it restored by a Rover specialist in 2001 – according to old MOT’s it’s covered around 21000 miles since. The restoration included a reconditioned engine and gearbox, plus the usual structural and cosmetic work, followed by a full repaint in the original colours.
It only had 2 keepers prior to his ownership. Current odometer reading 51000 miles which we think is really 151000, so it’s being sold as ‘mileage incorrect’ to avoid any misunderstandings. The V5 now shows just 3 previous owners.
History-wise we have a massive folder as thick as a telephone directory of bills and old MOT’s etc dating back to at least 1980, including detailed notes on the 2001 restoration. We also have the owner’s handbook and maintenance manual.
In 2021-22, it’s had major expenditure mechanically, including, but not limited to:
- New (uprated) alternator
- New engine mounts
- New differential seals
- Power steering pump overhauled
- Shock absorbers replaced
- And lastly, in October 2022, the engine and gearbox were removed to enable the automatic gearbox to be fully overhauled, and then refitted.
.Interior-wise it’s largely original (with the exception of new front kick panels and carpet mats) and rather lovely if showing some signs of age related patina (and yes, the toolkit is in place).
Paintwork-wise there are a few areas that are beginning to show that it’s over 20 years since it was restored, and it’s priced accordingly, but it’s still a lovely example in my opinion.
On our own website, you’ll find our usual 2 videos: a walkaround appraisal, and driving impressions, which form part of the description.
based near Henley on Thames – viewing by prior appointment
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