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1971 Rover P5B

Story and History

1971 Rover P5B Coupe - 35.500 miles ONLY

Released in September 1967 the P5B quickly became a British icon for the Establishment, being the choice of transport for British Governmental Ministers, until the late 1980's, including Prime Ministers; Wilson, (who had a pipe holder in his), Heath, Callaghan & of course Mrs. Thatcher.

The Royal Mews also had a P5B in their stable; well they would, wouldn't they?

The transformation from the 3.0 litre, 6 cylinder P5 into what became the B series was harmonised with the aluminium 3.5 litre V8, designed by Buick and perfected by Rover.

In this original format the engine is free revving, with a crisp exhaust note and a fabulous burble in traffic or just at idle – the journalist's lapped it up and the showroom traffic swelled with excited Senior Management types – you know, Bowler Hats, Umbrella's and Brief Cases all round.

The unit in one form or another continued in production into the 1990's with hot versions for the likes of TVR (up to 5.0 litres), and the Classic Range Rover too (4.2 litres).

Here we welcome back this tremendous Rover P5B Coupe, first owned by us in 2011, at which point only 29.000 miles had been covered since new.

After we sold her (to a regular customer – Porsche, Ferrari, Bentley etc.) only 5,500 miles have been added to her clock, mainly by his Chauffeur, so the total now is a remarkable 35,500 that is validated by the history file.

Talking of which, the original owner, Mr. Spiller, kept a very tidy log of his tenure.

Of course the original purchase invoice was the first item to be kept (supplied by his local Rover Dealership, Newmil Service Station, Lymington) on the 1st of January '71.

Mr Spiller kept her until 1996 at 13,000 miles only and logged in the file a copy of every MOT & Tax disc in his care during this period.

The history file is a treat, dating back even to the first service, carried out at the supplying dealer in March 1971 at 1.113 miles, to the cost for which was an earth shattering £2:24.

Funny that – in 1971 January the purchase invoice would have been in the old money period Pounds, Shillings & Pence and then the first service bill in March 1971 was after Decimalisation in February 1971, anyway we digress.

The history file is complete with tax discs, old MoT's, all the original book packs with the instruction manuals, service booklet and the usual assorted manufacturers Bumph, as well as the other paperwork plus the most recent invoices for works carried by our team (radiator, KenLow fan and Electronic Ignition etc. etc.).

Finished in the correct two-tone paint finish Admiralty Blue & Silver Birch Top, Buckskin interior (with Rover over mats to protect the carpets) and Seat Belts (automatic) - the period description for the then new Inertia Reel system, still in use today, she is in original and unmolested condition.

We haven't seen a P5B Coupe of this quality for many, many years


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