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This is a particularly rare Rover 12 Tourer in that it is one of only four known that Rover actually built themselves. Rover subcontracted the body building to AP's of Coventry and the rarity in the Rover built body is demonstrated by the razor edge rear styling and fold down windscreen.
This fabulous Rover was supplied to the UK market in 1947 and the history file contains photographs of the car as early as 1967. We also have MOT certificates from 1971 to 1976 and know the car was in Norwich, then later Hertfordshire. During the 1980's the Rover was exported to Austria by an Austrian Rover collector and the car was apparently taken to a local Mercedes Benz garage for restoration. Before the restoration work commenced, the owner sadly passed away and the Rover was left outside standing for many years before being purchased by an English artist based in Austria. The Rover was treated to some initial work that included removal of the body in order to refurbish and re-paint the chassis, overhauling road springs and bushes, new shock absorbers, re-lining the inside of the petrol tank, overhauling of the king pins, dismantling and refurbishing the brake system, fitting a new complete clutch and an engine rebuild to include a re-bore, new pistons, crankshaft regrind, cylinder head overhaul, overhauled water pump and overhauled oil pump.
In 2010 the Rover was purchased by a UK based Rover enthusiast and restorer well known to us. The car was purchased out in Austria and transported back to the UK for completion. The body was fully stripped down, rebuilt and re-painted and the interior fully re-trimmed in biscuit leather. The weather equipment was all replaced and a further £15,000 was spent in completing this project which has documentation including photographs and invoices from 2010. The car has been finished to a lovely standard and the car is a true delight to drive.
The Rover is now fully rebuilt and was collected from Cumbria one week after being driven from Penrith to Manchester, cruising at an average of 62mph, easily making 70mph and performing perfectly. The Rover is a very special car and will prove ideal for long distance touring or just local showing.