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Rover P2 16 Sport Saloon from 1940
Monday 2 February 2008

This car was for sale on ebay. It's the start of the exlusive range on this site. It means a lot of beautiful pictures of a wonderful car. The follow description was publishid by this advertisement.

On the Road:
She starts on the button and readily settles down to a smooth idle. The gears all engage as they should and are smooth to do so once you have got used to the double de-clutch method. This car has a superb period feel as you drive along and as long as you don't try to rush her, she is perfectly at home in todays traffic. This is the model we beleive that gained Rover the honour of "The poor mans Rolls Royce" as this vehicle has so many classy touches, leather, metallic paint and would you believe even tinted glass.

Finished in black and pewter her paintwork looks in very good condition, especially when you think that this car is nearly 70 years old. From what the previous owner tells me, she was discovered by him in 1993 along with many other old cars in a collection, unregistered and awaiting restoration. The history file backs this up with a letter from the Department of Transport giving instructions on how and when to register them once restored and included amongst them was our Rover. This car has received a ground up restoration and although this was sometime ago, she is still in excellent condition. Her chassis and coachwork are in excellent rust free condition, everything has been Hammerited underneath and remains rot free, as her former keeper refused to take her out in unfavourable weather condition. The previous owner has clearly spent a lot of time, effort and expense bringing this car back to her former glory. Her brightwork is all excellent, as are her wheels and tyres. This is an extremely handsome motor car and she presents very well indeed, there are a few scratches and marks on her paintwork inline with her age and length of storage.

This car reeks of period charm, all the woodwork is excellent with good colour and no sign of any flakiness to the lacquer. Her dark blue leather seats are in very good order. The front seating is in remarkable condition with only a bit of piping damage to the drivers seat and the leather is still nice and supple. The rear seats are also very good, albeit with a couple of minor nicks to the leather. However, when you think that this car is approaching her 70th year, I think this is perfectly forgiveable. Her headlining has been replaced, so is in unmarked condition, her carpet is very recent and her door cards look to have been recovered. All in all a very nice interior that has benefited from some sympathetic restoration, but still retains that lovely patina that is so important with a car of this age.

Our Rover is powered by a torquey 6 cylinder engine which is amazingly smooth and makes a wonderful noise, she has been coverted to run on unleaded fuel, it starts readily and exhibits no smoke or rattles. On the road the oil pressure and temperature gauge show no cause for concern. The transmission is a floor mounted 4 speed. Show this transmission some respect and she rewards with smooth relaxed changes, which are totally in keeping with the cars character. She has non hydraulic rod actuated drum brakes all round, which were state of the art in 1939, but do now need to be treated with considerable respect. Likewise the non power assisted steering needs alot more consideration than todays vehicles, that said, there is no doubting this Rover was an absolutely astounding vehicle when current, her engineering pedigree is right up there with the top British marques of the time.

In Summary:
Our Rover is a real time capsule of pre- war Britian, this vehicle exhibits excellent engineering, using quality materials in a very well put together package. This is only our 2nd pre-war classic and both have been very classy cars. If you are considering a pre-war car as your next classic, then this Rover could well be the perfect car for you, she is in lovely condition, has a new MOT, has been converted to run on unleaded fuel and subject to some free road tax is ready to go, she comes with a boot full of spares and is catered for by some excellent specialists.

Chassisno.: 0430082
Engine no.: 0410259

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