1974 Rover P6 3500 (RHD)
- Completely original, never restored
- Just 56,360 miles
- Incredible condition throughout
The Rover P6 was a car that exploded onto the market without anyone really expecting it. Rover cars were seen as staid, sensible things that did a job with dignity but little in the way of panache. The P6 changed all that. There had been hints of changes at Rover care of cars like the P5B with its Buick-derived V8 engine. But even that wasn’t a patch on what to come. Rover was about to define the executive car.
This 1974 Rover P6 3500 is stunning. This isn’t the result of a detailed restoration. What you’re looking at here is a genuine survivor car. The paint is original, the engine, the interior. The only change has been gearbox, and the updating of tyres. Plus the expected servicing/wear and tear maintenance. It has just 56,360 miles on the clock.
Bought by the managing director of Thomas Lawson & Son in 1974, the P6 soon worked its charms. Bought initially as nothing more than a nice company car, Mr. Lawson soon fell in love with it, and as such, used it sparingly. Ordered in rare Lunar Grey with Bronze Herringbone cloth trim, this Series 2 Rover P6 was an unusual head-turner even when new.
The car changed hands three times, but in reality it was still part of the company fold, and as such, was cared for without financial concern, and was used little. It was certainly never used in adverse weather conditions, as the condition goes to show. When, in 1995, the car left the company, it had a mere 47,000 on the clock.
The car was then bought by a private, elderly collector who had been aware of the car for years prior. Again, the car was kept in the dry and used sparingly. In 2007, the car went to another enthusiast who treated it the same. By the time it reached its current owner, it had amassed a mere 52,500 miles.
Of course, as well we all know, minimal use can take just as much of a toll as excessive use. When the current owner, a collector of British models, bought the car in 2018, it underwent a regime of mechanical rectification. A full service, the carburettors were rebuilt, the brakes renewed along with the tyres, and the transmission was replaced with a reconditioned unit.
Now, the car is used for local outings in the sun, never the rain. Other than the mechanical work, everything is as it left the factory. All original, all untouched, even down to the functional radio. It truly is one of the, if not the best of its kind. Furthermore, it was in a feature on Car & Classic last year.
As you would expect, there is ample paperwork to go with this Rover P6, all of which serves to back up the history and the low mileage. There is a full set of MOT certificates up to 2017 (when things went digital). There are invoices for works carried out such as the carb rebuild, servicing and so on. There is also an original owner’s handbook and service record from back when the car was new. Everything you need, then, to be confident of the originality of this exquisite machine.
The Bronze Herringbone cloth trim – which was special order – is in excellent, original condition. It has never been treated, repaired or touched other than by the people lucky enough to drive or ride in the car. Being kept indoors for the majority of its life, there is no evidence of any UV bleaching to any of the seat tops.
The door cards are all in excellent order, with no marks or damage, and all the door furniture functions as it should. The dash is free from cracks or warping, all the dials work as they should and the leather-rimmed steering wheel falls to hand beautifully. The original radio is still in place, and works. The green translucent knobs for the heater control are all in excellent, unworn condition, as are the under fittings of the dash, which so often wear out or get kicked and damaged.
The original carpets are in great condition, as are the original mats. There is some slight ‘resting’ wear to the left of the brake pedal, but nothing that doesn’t match the 56,000 miles. Then, looking up, the headlining is in excellent order, too, with no staining or nicks. It’s simply a wonderful, comfy place to be.
The rare Lunar Grey is the same paint applied in the factory. This car has never seen a body shop. The panels all sit on the car as they should, with uniform panel gaps across the entirety of the car. The glass is all excellent, too. Look close into the corners and creases of the metalwork and you’ll see traces of the original wax, applied in the factory. It is quite remarkable.
From bumper to bumper, this Rover P6 is in utterly remarkable condition. There simply isn’t another one, with these rare colour options, in this original condition anywhere else on the market. Truly, a once in a lifetime opportunity.