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1973 Rover P6 3500S HC V8


  • Early 1973 "High Compression" V8
  • Manual transmission
  • Just 38,381 miles from new, backed by MOTs
  • BMI Heritage Certificate
  • Power Assisted Steering

The Appeal

When it was launched in 1971, the High Compression V8 Rover P6 with manual transmission was as much performance as you could get from a 4-door saloon without spending significantly more money. As such they became very popular with executives and the police, and were a regular sight on British roads.

Here we have an early 1973 example, with the more powerful HCV8 and the rare manual transmission. Previous owners have carefully maintained and cared for it, and it really shows. With low mileage, a well-documented history and a gorgeous specification, this would well be all the classic car you ever need…

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The History and Paperwork

  • Build date of 3rd April 1973
  • First registered in April 1973
  • Initially supplied by Truman & Company in Nottingham
  • Just 38,381 miles from new, verified by old MOTs
  • Only 14,168 miles covered since 2000
  • Old MOTs going back to 2000
  • Tax discs from 2005-2015
  • Historic vehicle status – tax and MOT exempt
  • Current MOT until July 2023
  • BMI Heritage Certificate confirming originality
  • Comprehensive history file
  • Numerous invoices and receipts for maintenance and servicing
  • Vehicle history check documentation
  • Original owner’s manual included
  • Original Workshop Repair Manual
  • Current V5c

With a comprehensive history, confirmation of the car’s status via a BMI Heritage Certificate and a large file of invoices documenting work undertaken, buyers can have real confidence in the provenance of this vehicle. We’re told by the owner that the car has spent much of its life garaged and dry-stored, which is certainly confirmed by the condition the car is presented in.

The Interior

  • Barley”box pleat” cloth interior
  • Refreshed carpets and sound deadening
  • Optional “ET” head rests

Featuring a gorgeous, original Barley cloth interior, the cabin of this P6 is an absolute gem. In very good condition throughout, with natural wear and tear commensurate with the vehicle’s age and mileage, it startlingly well preserved.

The front seats have a little more wear than the rears, but are still in good condition. There has been a minor repair at some point to the driver’s seat, and the driver’s side squab has lost a little more of its firmness, as should be expected. However, both reclining mechanisms work well and overall the upholstery is in fine condition, including the door cards and headlining, which are exceptional. Some elements have been refreshed over the years, with new carpets, sound-deadening and Furflexes (the furred luxury door edging) having been fitted. The cabin also features complementary over-mats.

The dash itself is in an excellent state, with no warping, UV damage or cracks evident at all. All of the switchgear and instrumentation is complete, undamaged and the vendor tells us that everything functions precisely as it should. There is a small crack in the central plastic surround on which the headlights, wipers and interior light switches are mounted, there is however a brand new replacement surround, included with the spares for the car.

At the rear, the boot is trimmed in neat black carpet, which is also presented very well. The spare wheel is present and correct, with its original vinyl cover, as is the original jack.

The Exterior 

  • Original Mexico Brown paintwork
  • Huntsman Brown vinyl roof
  • Original factory 14” steel wheels with Rostyle covers
  • Brand new Hankook Optimo tyres (including spare)
  • Overall superb condition

That deep Mexico Brown finish, with its complementing vinyl roof, is characteristically 70s and suits the car beautifully. The paint and bodywork has been maintained to a very high standard, with only minor blemishes and no evidence we could discern of damage, corrosion or any significant issues. This is unsurprising as the car was Ziebart rust-protected when new, and has clearly benefited enormously from this care. With the panel gaps looking straight and even, and the doors operating smoothly and easily, buyers can be confident that the body of the car has aged very well indeed.

External trim and brightwork on this P6 all presents very well, being original and featuring only the lightest patination. There is some very light pitting to some of the brightwork, but it is very minor. We’re informed by the vendor that all of the door and glass rubbers/seals are in fine condition, which is a great bonus as these can be a weak spot on poorly-maintained P6s.

One thing to note with the bodywork is the fact that the outer sills are original bolt-on items, not fully welded replacement items, as is so often the case. This allows easy removal and inspection. As such, the sills, valances and the underside generally, are in excellent condition.

With lovely, period-correct touches such as the rear Rover-branded rubber mud flaps and front Lumax fog-lights, it’s a handsome and desirable vehicle that wears what many would consider the perfect specification.

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The Mechanics 

  • Optional power steering
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • All-round disc brakes (inboard at the rear)
  • Recently fitted new brakes and clutch
  • Converted to Lumenition electronic ignition

If you’re looking for a Rover P6, it’s almost certain that this is the one you’re looking for  – an early 1973 manual HCV8. It’s the most sought after drivetrain, and it’s easy to see why. Offering a meaty 151bhp / 201 Ft-lb to the rear wheels, it’s still more than capable of keeping up with modern traffic and has the added bonus of that wonderful V8 soundtrack. The engine bay is superbly clean and tidy, with absolutely no evidence we could see of leaks, corrosion or any damage.

The owner tells us that the car has excellent oil pressure, fires up quickly, idles smoothly and drives with a sonorous V8 rumble. Overall, they tell us that the car drives exceptionally well, with an excellent ride and all the performance you’d expect.

It’s no surprise to us that the car drives so well when you consider the recent maintenance work that has been carried out on the car. Just some of the work undertaken includes:

  • Clutch replacement less than 3,240 miles ago
  • New ignition coil, windscreen washer hoses and radiator cap
  • New DeDion gaiter and rear bump stops
  • New gearbox remote bushes
  • Rocker covers repainted in factory specification
  • Full gearbox and differential service
  • New brake discs and pads less than 2,850 miles ago
  • New brake servo and master cylinder in 2020
  • Recent brake check and refaced pads

Overall, the car presents in extraordinary mechanical condition, thanks to what appears to be a lifetime of careful maintenance and prudent servicing.

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The P6 has long been a firm favourite among fans of classic British cars, but this must surely be the ultimate expression of the breed. Twinning that charismatic V8 with the manual transmission creates a genuinely brilliant classic sports saloon.

In addition to that, the fact that this car presents in such wonderful condition, with a great specification, extensive history and such low mileage makes it a truly rare vehicle. Sure to enhance any collection and bound to appreciate, this is an opportunity no fan of great British cars would want to miss…

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1973
  • Make Rover
  • Model P6 3500S
  • Colour Mexico Brown
  • Odometer 38,381 Miles
  • Engine size 3528
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Location Gloucestershire
  • Country United Kingdom

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