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ROVER P4 60 ~ Excellent History ~ SOLD (1958)
|This Rover P4 60 was supplied new in August 1958 by Marshall Bros Ltd of Putney to Major H T Lawden M.C. who as a young man had been awarded the Military Cross during the First World War for exemplary acts of gallantry. |
It was given the registration number VXC384 which it still retains and although this number has a value itself, we hope that the buyer retains the number on the car as to remove it would be a sacrilege.
Major Lawden used the car until his death in 1981 when it was left to his son. The numerous service invoices and MOT certificates from this period show that the car was in regular use and had a new speedo head fitted in August 1975 when the car had covered about 38400 miles.
At the time of his death, the new speedo was showing 20200 which means that the car had only covered 58700 during the Majors 23 year ownership.
The Majors son, James Lawden, never registered the car in his name and took it off the road in 1983 and placed it in storage.
When James Lawden died in 2013, it was sold by the family to another military man, an ex SAS soldier, who had served in Iraq and had gained fame by bringing back from Iraq part of a Saddam Hussein statue. The story can be read here, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-22071942
It has since passed through the hands of a couple of enthusiasts until recently being acquired by us.
Although the car is now MOT exempt as it was manufactured prior to 1960 and had not had an MOT test since 1983, we decided to obtain an MOT certificate as it looked to need very little work. After replacing some front brake cylinder seals, fitting a set of front anti roll bar bushes and replacing the steering arm rubber boots it passed without any advisory items. The current MOT now runs until December 2016.
The mileage reading is now 21470 which if added to the mileage reading of 38400 showing August 1975 when the speedo was changed gives a total correct mileage of approximately 59870.
Rules that commenced in October 2014 mean that the car will 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.
The history file contains the current V5 Registration Document, the original sales invoice which shows that it cost £1345 including number plates, purchase tax, delivery charge, Road Fund Licence and 10 gallons of petrol, the original Rover Guarantee, all the expired MOT certificates dating between 1965 and 1983 which confirm the low mileage, current MOT, previous V5's and dozens of invoices detailing work completed and parts purchased.
This represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a useable Rover P4 with an excellent provenance at an economical price.
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