1973 ROVER 3.5 Liter Saloon

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1973 ROVER 3.5 Liter Saloon

Background

Though it certainly could, the B in P5B doesn’t mean “British”, “beguiling”, or “brisk” - it means Buick. Starting in 1967, nine years after its introduction as the straight-six powered P5, the P5B became the first Rover (Land, Range, or otherwise) to be fitted with a licensed, modified version of the GM division’s all-aluminum V8.

Big, luxurious, dignified, and just a bit brash, these cars are interesting alternatives to fast Jaguar saloons of the era, especially when equipped with a V8 behind their traditionally upright grille.

The Vehicle

The auction car is a very late production example from the final model year, and seemingly one of only 381 lhd saloons ever built. The car appears to retain a high degree of originality and completeness, and includes extensive factory, maintenance, and ownership documentation with many receipts, invoices, manuals, and hand-written notes.

On the Outside

Rostyle wheels, discrete twin exhaust pipes, and a few small trim changes transform the stately straight-six P5 body into something altogether more menacing, a characteristic enhanced by the auction car’s non-metallic pewter gray.

Trim and accessories appear to be complete, including 3.5 LITRE fender badges that denote a V8 engine.

Interestingly, though the car features Lucas fog and headlights and shows extensive UK ownership history, it seems to be an exceedingly scarce factory-built lhd example.

On the Inside

The cabin appears to retain a very good degree of originality - leather upholstery, tweed headliner, carpeting, wood, Jaeger instruments, the steering wheel, and other fittings all mostly resemble factory spec. A later cassette deck in the factory radio location is one exception, though a manual for the standard Motorola unit is among the included documentation.

Underneath

The car is equipped with what resembles a correct 3,528 cc, all-aluminum, Buick-derived ohv V8, which when new delivered an easy 160 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque from low in the rev range. The peculiar-but-effective dual carb and intake manifold setup is standard.

History Highlights

This car is sold with extensive historical documentation, much of which can be seen in detailed photographs located in the full gallery.

What We Think

Rare, handsome, and well-versed in colonial custom, the English V8 returns to its ancestral American roads with an automatic transmission, a/c, power windows, and left-hand drive. Estimated $6,000 - $10,000.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL BIDDERS

It should be noted that this vehicle has been on static display for a number of years and there is no history available beyond that displayed in our photography section.

We have not started or driven the car so cannot vouch for its mechanical viability or functionality. It will require recommissioning prior to road use and is sold ‘as seen’.

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Seller

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  • Location: Gardena, CA, United States
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 61825
  • Chassis Number: 84010114D
  • Engine: 3.5L OHV V8
  • Gearbox: Auto
  • Steering position: Left-hand drive
  • Colour: Gray
  • Interior: Black / Leather
  • Estimated Price: $6,000 - $10,000
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