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1961 Rover P4 100 For Sale

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  • £3,800 As stated
  • 1961
  • Borough of Barrow in Furness
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Price £3,800 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Rover
Model 100
Year 1961
Mileage 61,000 miles
Country UK
Region Cumbria
Town Borough of Barrow in Furness
Telephone 01920 352017
Seller's phone number is protected behind a forwarding service
Status Private
Date 07-Jul-2020
Ref C1243117
Hello everyone,

Welcome to the sale of my lovely 1961 Rover P4 100. The car is based in South Cumbria. If you’re interested in the car, please read on!

Would P/ex with money my way for a nice clean MG MGF soft top.

1961 Rover P4 100 in original condition with 61,000 miles on the clock.

What’s the history of the car?

I bought the car 3 years ago for 4,750 GBP from Forge Motors in Leicestershire and drove it back to Cumbria. The car was owned by the Forge Motors owner, who had maintained the car well. I am the vehicles’ 5th owner. It originally came from Claygate in Surrey.

What work has been done on the car and what kind of condition is it in?

In 2016, the car had had a full photographic master and Slave cylinder brake system fitted, prior to my purchase.

The car is highly original and has been maintained over its life well. I have fully documented all work I’ve done in a file which will go with the sale. I’ve spent approximately 2.5k in the last two years working on the car.

2017 - clutch linkages professionally rebuilt. New hoses, plugs and leads. 2018 - new distributor, all new hoses, all new bulbs and fluids. 2019/20 some new fuel lines, all fluids changed again, new distributor cap, oil bath cleaned, some new wiring etc. New battery.

The chrome I would describe as average. There is very little rust on the vehicle and paintwork is original, with some rustproofing. All lights and wipers work. There is a minor dint on the rear roof where it looks as though someone has pulled a car door down, but it is minor and doesn’t detract from the appearance.

Inside the car is highly original. Original heater works, original HMV radio works, original cigar lighter works. Rear leather seats excellent. Front leather seats do have some splits. Clock doesn’t work. Woodwork is good, carpets are average original and inside the smell is lovely - rather reminds me of my old university library!!

I have viewed the car in the last 3 years pretty much as use and improve. It has travelled all over Cumbria and the lakes, even on the M6 motorway. It has proved a smooth, powerful and classy gentleman’s carriage. Overdrive works well and the engine purrs.

During lockdown it has been my daily driver.

HOWEVER, the handbrake does need some work. Also, and this is really important: Recently, synchro on 3rd and 4th gear has recently failed and it is very difficult, but not impossible, to get into 3rd and 4th gear. As such and although it is mechanically good engine wise, I would not recommend driving it away unless you are really local. It will need some clutch work done, but the price reflects this.

Why am I selling the car?

I’ve recently had a change of circumstances and can’t now afford to run two cars. Moreover, I have lost my use of a garage and it’s too classy a vehicle to leave outside. The car needs about 500 pounds spending on it, but with a very old house to restore, I aim to use the funds from the sale to put towards a new roof on my old house!

What price am I asking?

I bought the car for 4750 and have put 2k of work into it. However, we classic Motörhead’s know such cars are for pleasure and need to be invested in.

I’m therefore asking a more than reasonable £3,800 for the car which reflects the work that is still needed. If the car fails to sell for this, I intend to put it into an auction in August. A famous national auctioneer who has seen the car says they could achieve between 4/4.5k for the car. I don’t think you could find a better honest P4 for less than this.

With a small amount spent on the clutch and handbrake, ie less than 500 quid, you’ve clearly got an 8k car here in my view to either cherish or sell at a further profit.

What about payment and collection?

You’re welcome to come and view the car at my home. I’m still using it to nip to the COOP now and again!!

Payment must be received into my bank account before you move the car off the drive. I will accept cash on collection or a direct bank transfer into my current account. If you wish to pay by cheque, the cheque must clear before the car is taken.

To reiterate, a stylish and classy gentleman’s carriage that is being offered at a very reasonable price which, with further works will make a very sound long term tourer. However, don’t expect to drive it long distances until the clutch works are complete and I would recommend it is trailered upon collection.

Good quality P4 cars are now beginning to increase in value and, compared to lots of 1950’s and 60’s saloons, which are now well over the 10k value mark, represent outstanding value for money. The P4 is better built than most, even the African Walnut is thick real wood as opposed to the veneer of a Jag Mark II.

Grab it now for 3,800 which is a bargain at this price. I won’t be doing much haggling at this price given it’s condition and if unsold will be putting it in an August auction.

I would be prepared to do a Part Exchange with a good quality late 1990’s/early 2000’s MG MGF soft top with cash my way.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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