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ROVER P5b Coupe 3.5 Litre V8 ~ Five Speed Manual ~ SOLD (1970)
|When new, Rover P5b's were used by Royalty and Government Ministers. Today, you only have to drive one a short distance to understand why they were held in such high esteem by the VIP's of the 1960's and 70's. They are a commanding presence when out on the road and a pleasure to drive. |
This road tax exempt example is an exceeding rare car as it has a five speed manual gearbox.
It was fully restored in the early 1990's with a selection of photographs showing the work undertaken in the history file.
It was during this comprehensive restoration that the car was converted to a manual transmission using a LT77 five speed gearbox obtained from a Rover SD1.
At the same time, a later engine was acquired and fully rebuilt using a new crankshaft, new shells, new bearings, new rings, new camshaft, new timing gear and chains, new oil pump, new hydraulic tappits, new valve springs, new seals, new gaskets, new flywheel ring gear and a new clutch assemby. It was also adapted to run on unleaded fuel.
The body had all corroded metal cut out using a plasma cutter and new panels welded in where necessary before being fully rustproofed with 10 litres of waxoyle. The body was then refinished to a high standard in it's wonderful Bordeaux Red and Silver Birch livery with the brightwork rechromed where needed.
Other new parts fitted during the restoration include a modern alternator, brake servo, radiator, heater matrix, shock absorbers, engine mountings and numerous other parts. The brakes and suspension were fully overhauled and a new exhaust and heavy duty battery fitted.
The dash received four auxiliary gauges, oil pressure, voltmeter, fuel level and water temperature along with a SD1 speedometer which was reset to zero miles.
It then went on to win numerous prizes at classic car shows throughout the North West including 1st at Tatton Park.
The documentation file contains the current V5, current MOT certificate, the original stamped service record book, numerous previous MOT certificates, a number of expired road tax discs, a list of prizes won at shows, a restoration specification list and invoices.
The MOT runs until March 2017 and the current mileage reading which shows the distance travelled since the restoration is 11061.
Rules that commenced in October 2014 mean that the car will need to be licensed for twelve months from the date of sale for the new owner but this will be free as the car qualifies for the Historic Taxation class.
Very difficult to find in this condition.
Prospective buyers are welcome to come and view the car in our Leeds showroom.
UK wide professional delivery is available. Please ring for a quote. We are also happy to deliver to any mainland port for export.
To view over 70 detailed photographs of this car please visit our web site, http://www.aceclassiccars.com