1969 Rover P5B Coupe
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"Hi Jesmond, I don't know if I told you when we were corresponding that I am member of the South Canterbury Vintage Car Club. Last Saturday the club held one of its more important rallies of the year called the Mid Island Rally. I went in the Austin A55 and was one of about 68 vehicles that went on the run. It had a good showing of vehicles some old model Ts right through the years, the latest one being a 1964 mini. You name the brand of vehicle and it was there. Mine was the only Austin. We had good weather and I understand it was about 180 miles start to finish. It extended from Timaru through to Geraldine and then into a private forest. That was a bit challenging climbing up to the hilltops on roads only made for logging trucks. I was pleased to get back onto tarseal once we were on our way home. As usual I didn't get anywhere in the rally, thats not my luck. Prior to starting off from the Clubrooms they had a Concours display . About a dozen or perhaps eighteen vehicles went in it. I decided to put the A55 in the display. I don't know when the judging took place and we heard nothing until after the placegetters in the actual rally were announced. There was a table of Cups and Certificates being handed out . All went until only one big cup remained. I thought it won't be me because Ive never won one yet and next thing my name came up. I won the 2014 Concours Cup in my class which was (Post War Vintage) Every comment about the A55 on that day was good and she's going well. So there you have it Jesmond,I don't know if any other vehicles you've had have won Concours but now you know at least one has."Bernie Fairbrass, Timaru, New Zealand
To understand the Rover P5, it is necessary to understand British society in the sixties.
Its appeal lay in its respectability and quality, but without the whiff of flashiness that surrounded Jaguar. Contrary to popular perception, the upper classes would more often than not steer away from the likes of Bentley and Rolls Royce, preferring the more discrete charms of the Rover, compared with the ostentation of the higher end marques.
This preference extended all the way to The Queen herself, who was regularly driven in a Rolls Royce on state occasions, but even more regularly drove (herself) in a Rover P5.
Not that it wasn't OK to be a bit flashy, which rather explains the P5 coupe featured here. The saloon version of the car was, to be honest, a bit matronly, but the Coupe, with its rev counter and extra gauges, individual seats, frame less doors and svelte roof line was altogether more sophisticated, and almost uniquely managed to pull off the look of power, prestige and style - without any hint of arrogance.
It is for this reason (and it's comparative rarity) that the Coupe is so much more desirable and valuable today than the saloon version, with which it shares its mechanics.
ABOUT THIS CAR
- This particular P5 has benefited from much expenditure in recent years, to return it to its present excellent condition.
- It was imported from Australia in 2005, having been delivered new there in 1969. Whilst in relatively sound condition at that time, its 36 years had begun to take its toll cosmetically.
- Upon arrival in New Zealand, the car was treated to a full engine recondition, in addition to refurbishment of the suspension components, replacement OEM Wood head dampers, and new bushes and ball joints throughout. Brakes were renewed, carburetors reconditioned and a new stainless exhaust system to the original pattern was fitted to complete the mechanical update.
- During this time the decision was made to respray the sides of the car in the original Bordeaux red, whilst maintaining the original Silver Birch roof, and original paint on bonnet and boot.
- The original black leather was in good condition and merely required cleaning, but the carpets were beyond repair and quality wool carpets and over mats as close as possible to the original close pile Wilton, were sourced from a UK specialist.
- The original African Mahogany woodwork was refinished in the correct low sheen finish, and a period correct Radiomobile radio replaced the decidedly non period Sony that someone had installed previously.
- The clock now reassuringly ticks off the minutes in its corner of the dash, as the chrome Rostyle wheels tick off the miles, and the wipers perform their little dance skipping over the windscreen bezel when switched off. In short, everything that was either missing or damaged was either refurbished or replaced.
- The original tools including the tire pump are all present and correct, and much attention to detail has been the hallmark of this restoration.
- In short, this particular Rover P5B now presents and drives at the top level, and will continue to be an appreciating asset and a source of pleasure for the new owner, and a proud addition to any classic collection.
This car is in Mint condition. It will appeal to a someone who is after a fine example of this model.
Will be sold WOF'd and Registered.
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