1972 Rover P6 3500S

****** Interested parties should note, this vehicle was subject to a CAT D insurance loss in 06/2007 ******

Highlights

  • The revolutionary P6 with its V8 powerplant
  • Original interior with a gentle vintage patina
  • Impressive paperwork file

The Appeal

The Rover P6 was a trailblazer upon release. After all, it carried a unique suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, a synchromesh transmission and a unibody design married with exceptional exterior styling and a comfortable interior trim. It even became the first winner of the European Car of the Year Award. Not too pompous, not too conservative - it was an executive car that could be appreciated by the everyman. 
This example features the sought-after 3.5L V8 engine, and boasts a period character that’s sure to turn heads. After something pleasingly retro? You’ve found your new car. 

The History and Paperwork

  • Subject to a CAT-D Insurance write-off in 2007 with a minor engine fire
  • Bought back from the insurance provider and restored
  • Indicates 96,765 miles on a five-figure odometer
  • Valid MOT until November 2023
  • Supplied with previous tax discs 
  • Original owner’s manual
  • Rover distributor and dealer guide
  • Rover ‘Passport to Service’
  • Impressive range of previous MOT certificates
  • A veritable stack of invoices
  • Headboards including the Tour Arras-Laon and Roverfest 2017

The Interior

  • Original, unrestored interior in black and buckskin with wood accents
  • Irresistibly 70s - conjuring up the golden age of the executive automobiles
  • Ambla ‘buckskin’ seats with pleated detailing and matching door cards
  • Black dashboard with textured plastic and a raised instrument binnacle
  • Wooden trims on the dashboard and doors
  • Mid-grey carpets
  • Seats are in good condition, with some wear and discolouration in the bolsters
  • Dashboard is in good order, with some light peel to the plastic here and there
  • All instruments are clean and easy to read, with no reported faults
  • Eye-catching Rover 3500 steering wheel with two-spoke design and leather wrap
  • Headlining in very good order with some light marking
  • Carpets appear to be in good order with no major damage we can highlight 
  • Aftermarket Sony CD player installed
  • The boot is in good order with no major faults we can highlight 

The Exterior 

  • With its distinctive drooping nose and peaked wings, the P6 is a design classic
  • Eye-catching ‘Tobacco Leaf’ paintwork to original Rover spec
  • Leather-grain roof and pillars
  • Paintwork looks to be in good order, with age-commensurate wear
  • Some stone chips on lower bumper and wheel arches
  • Bubbling to the leather-effect cover on the rear pillars
  • Rubber seals show some cracking and may need replacement
  • We do note a pronounced gap between the rear wing panels
  • Chromework shows an extensive patina and clouding but still present well
  • Distinctive ‘tiled’ grille is in good order but could do with a wipedown
  • All branding is present and correct 
  • Sitting on its original five-spoke solid wheels with a good set of Nankang tyres
  • Underneath, the car shows age-commensurate wear with surface corrosion

The Mechanics 

  • Powered by the much-acclaimed Rover 3.5L V8 OHV
  • Married with a four-speed manual synchromesh transmission
  • Engine bay is in good order
  • Bonnet lid shows some fire damage from 2007 Cat D write-off 
  • Engine bay was extensively restored following the above
  • Vendor reports no major faults, though the car has a minor oil leak
  • Vendor informs us that the car is starting, accelerating, braking and running as expected
  • Our photographer demonstrates that the head gasket is in good order

Summary

A solid overall example, with a definitively 70s colour scheme, this car needs only a little bit of work to bring up to car-show snuff - or makes an utterly solid daily driver. 

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Auction Details
  • Year 1972
  • Make Rover
  • Model P6 3500S
  • Colour Tobacco Leaf
  • Mileage 96,765 Miles
  • Engine size 3500
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Broadstone
  • County Dorset
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
11 Bids from 7 bidders
  • se•••• £6,000 12/03/23
  • mi•••• £5,200 12/03/23
  • se•••• £5,100 12/03/23
  • mi•••• £4,600 12/03/23
  • se•••• £4,500 11/03/23
  • Am•••• £2,700 10/03/23
  • mi•••• £2,600 10/03/23
  • Pa•••• £2,500 09/03/23
  • fo•••• £2,100 08/03/23
  • Ia•••• £1,200 08/03/23

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