1970 Rover P6 2000SC Series 1
Three owners from new; recent new clutch, headlights and stainless steel exhaust; electronic ignition; serviced 300 miles ago; a nicely original example of this classic English saloon
A real landmark in car design, the Rover P6 set new standards for performance and refinement when it first appeared in 1963 and was immediately voted ‘Car of the Year’.
A luxury four-door family saloon, the P6 featured an all steel monocoque central cell onto which all the outer body panels were bolted including an aluminium bonnet and boot lid. Suspension was independent all round and employed a de Dion tube arrangement at the rear which enabled the car to remain level at high cornering speeds. Servo-assisted four-wheel disc brakes were also fitted, with the rear discs being mounted inboard.
Initially only available with a 104bhp 2-litre engine, a 124bhp twin-carb 2000TC was available from 1966 which was slightly faster but more difficult to keep in tune. The P6 range continued to sell in healthy numbers until the arrival of the ‘flying wedge’ SD1 cars in 1976.
First registered in September 1970, this lovely Rover 2000SC is a Series 1 model with the ribbon speedo and flick switches which were replaced by round gauges and rotary switches on post-1970 Series 2 models. Finished in Zircon Blue with a black leather interior and a manual gearbox, it has had just three owners from new, the first of whom kept it for 44 years before finally selling it in 2014.
It was treated to some localised body repairs and a full repaint about six years ago, as detailed in an album of photos on file, but is otherwise in commendably original condition throughout - even the carpets look original. Ten old MOTs show that it has been in regular use, clocking up some 25,000 miles since 1996, the odometer currently showing 27,523 miles although presumably this is the second time around.
Invoices show that it received a new clutch, electronic ignition and a stainless steel exhaust system in 2018. The following year it got new headlights and a full service since when it has done fewer than 300 miles. Our vendor bought the car in September 2018, driving it some 130 miles from the Midlands to London and reporting that it performs beautifully.
Appearing to be in generally good condition throughout, the only real shortcoming we noted was some corrosion on the horizontal body panel beneath the front grille, as can be seen in the last photo on our website. Flying through its MOT in January this year with just a couple of minor advisories, it has an agreed insurance valuation of £12,000 issued in September 2019.
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email [email protected]
Reg No: ATF136J
Chassis Number: 40062684K
Engine Number: 40079346
Engine Size: 1978
Docs: V5C; old style V5C; V5; MOT Jan 2022; 10 old MOTs; invoices; 2019 insurance valuation; restoration photos
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