Luxurious three-position drophead coupe; smooth straight-six engine;
older restoration in super condition; recent care and attention and driven
40+ miles to the sale
Launched in 1937, it is fair to say that the Rover P2 came as a revelation to the middle class motorist at which it was aimed. Beautifully built and trimmed, it was in a different league to most other cars in its class and offered levels of refinement associated with the kind of upmarket cars that most people could only dream of owning in the 1940s.
This particular car is a very rare Tickford-built Drophead Coupe, one of only around 177 dropheads made of all types and has the smooth 1,901cc straight-six engine mated to a four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top two ratios. Copies of the factory chassis records show that it was built in March 1939, while other documents show that it went to South Africa in 1948 where it was to remain for the next five decades.
Returning to the UK in 1997, it's previous owner acquired it shortly afterwards and embarked on a full restoration of the car with the results you see today. The engine was in fine fettle having already been rebuilt and converted to run on unleaded fuel (invoice on file) and much time and money was spent to bring all the other mechanical parts up to the same standard. The bodywork was restored and repainted and the interior professionally retrimmed in red leather by A Touch of Class. A lined mohair hood was specially made and fitted and it was also treated to a new wiring loom, an uprated electric cooling fan and a stainless steel exhaust.
During his ownership it was garaged and used sparingly in fine weather only and enjoyed greatly until it was sold by ourselves in 2019 to its current owner.
Since then, the car has covered very few miles but has had constant attention. Upon purchase, our vendor took it to Fisher Restorations for a thorough check through and assessment. They issued a report which was passed to RetroMarques who undertook the work, which included a thorough service to get it running sweetly, replacing brake clevis pins, attending to the driver's window regulator, removing the road springs and sending them off to be reset and retempered, fit a new nearside rear shock absorber and reassemble. They also fitted four new tyres (2021) and a new tube for the spare and checked the lights and fitted new bulbs etc as necessary.
A spare gearbox is included in the sale along with an original handbook, several Pitman books on the model, several other interesting books relating to the model and a period sales brochure for the contemporary Rover saloon range plus some photos of the car while in South Africa. An exceedingly rare and handsome machine, it is sure to draw lots of attention on the show circuit and you are most unlikely to see another for sale any time soon.
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