1973 Rover P5B Coupé


  • Powerful 3.5-litre V8
  • Gearbox serviced and steering overhauled 
  • Electronic ignition fitted 

The Appeal

The P5, and subsequently the P5B, were must-have cars for dignitaries, diplomats and company directors in the ‘60s and ‘70s. They were solid, reliable and carried just the right amount of social gravitas, without being unseemly or vulgar. 

And this trait continues to this day. The P5B offered here is the kind of car you could arrive at any event in and it would just seem right. They never look out of place and they maintain a loyal following. 

The car offered here benefits from having been treated to mechanical servicing and improvement in recent years to ensure that it will continue to perform reliably. So it is now an extremely sensible choice of classic for any occasion.


The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in March 1973
  • One of the last P5B 
  • Road Tax and MOT exempt 
  • UK V5C
  • Rover workshop manual
  • Copy of Rover P5 and P5B: The Complete Story by James Taylor
  • Original owner’s instruction book and maintenance logs 
  • Extensive invoices on file for numerous new parts 
  • Under current ownership since 2022
  • The vendor has known the car for the past 20 years

The Interior

  • Excellent black leather seats
  • The leather is wonderfully preserved, with little sign of use
  • There are a few scratches and scuffs, which add to the car’s character
  • Wood veneers in superb condition
  • Carpets replaced in 2013 and showing little wear
  • Headrests front and rear 
  • Headlining clean and secure
  • Door cards tidy
  • Toolkit discreetly hidden in dashboard, and retaining all its original tools
  • Well stocked instrument cluster
  • Separate rear speaker volume controls
  • Heater rear windscreen
  • Spacious, fully lined boot
  • Fitted rubber boot floor mat and battery cover

The Exterior 

  • Suave coupé styling
  • Sable over Old English White paint
  • The paintwork looks very presentable with a few blemishes
  • Slight bubbling on the lower edge of the boot, a small bubble on one edge of the roof and a small bubble at the base of one of the rear pillars
  • There are a couple of scratches on the offside front wing which have been touched in
  • Chrome trim in good condition, with only slight pitting in places
  • Rear bumper replaced
  • Lamp lenses clear and bright
  • The car is running on a set of brand new ‘Rostyle’ wheels fitted in 2022
  • Matching new tyres fitted in 2022
  • Underneath, the car looks clean and tidy from what we could see
  • There are some patches of surface corrosion, as we’d expect to see

The Mechanics 

  • 3.5-litre Rover V8 engine 
  • Automatic transmission 
  • Power steering
  • The vendor informs us that the previous owner fitted electronic ignition and a new battery, as well as having the gearbox serviced and the steering box reconditioned
  • The engine bay looks clean and tidy
  •  Excellent oil pressure
  • Quiet, Smooth and Powerful engine allows for excellent performance and relaxed cruising 


In all, this appears to be a superbly useable example of the ever-popular P5B. It’s easy to see why dignitaries were so enamoured with them when new, and they remain a thoroughly sensible choice for any discerning motorist. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1973
  • Make Rover
  • Model P5B
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 67,798 Miles
  • Engine size 3528
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Brighton
  • Location Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
7 bids from 3 bidders
  • Garethm•••• £4,500 01/06/23
  • tony-be•••• £4,200 31/05/23
  • tony-ol•••• £4,100 31/05/23
  • Garethm•••• £4,000 31/05/23
  • tony-be•••• £3,500 31/05/23
  • Garethm•••• £3,000 31/05/23
  • tony-be•••• £2,000 31/05/23

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