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This pristine, show standard Rover 12 Tourer is number 145 of just 200 manufactured in 1947. Whilst all 200 were built for the export market, mainly the Colonies, this example did not leave the British Isles and was registered on the 3rd March 1948. After WWII Rover had no option but to build for the export market as the economy in Britain recovered. Also, at this point steel was in short supply and the only way in which manufacturers could obtain an allocation from the government was to prove they were both building and exporting vehicles. Rover has an abundance of aluminium after ceasing war time activities and they did built a couple of prototypes themselves but after this, Rover had their bodies produced by A.P Coachworks in the traditional method of an aluminium skin over an ash frame.
EJB 575 has been with its last owner for six years and has been beautifully restored to show condition. In 2011 and on two occasions in 2013 the car has won 'Best Rover' and 'Car of the Show' at long established shows and events. Work on the Rover included a full bare metal strip down. The Rover body was then restored and re-painted and all chrome work was sent for re-plating. The Rover was further improved with new door hinges, new rear bonnet hinge, bonnet seals and new wing piping. The trim was improved with new carpets, door cards and footwell panels. The boot area was refurbished and the dashboard and instruments panel restored and are now in perfect condition. A refurbished period HMV radio and a complete tool tray were fitted at high cost. The clock was repaired and modified and the electrical system partially re-wired. Further work on the electrical system included rebuilding the dynamo and control box, fitting a new ammeter and fitting discreet flashing indicators. The original semaphore indicators do also work. Mechanically the Rover was re-commissioned and benefits from a rebuilt steering box, rebuilt king pins and overhauled braking system. The cylinder head was rebuilt, the radiator re-cored, the distributor rebuilt and a new water pump fitted. Further mechanical work included fitting a new stainless steel exhaust system and refurbishing shock absorbers and links.
Since restoration the Rover he covered less than 4000 faultless miles. The car is exceptional on the road with a super quiet engine holding excellent oil pressure. The Rover starts instantly and the engine idles smoothly. Performance of the 12 H.P engine is excellent and the gearbox is strong with nice changes up and down the gearbox. The steering is precise as expected with a rebuilt steering box and the Rover brakes efficiently and stops perfectly straight. The car is a true delight to drive and the driving experience is equal to the outstanding, pristine condition of the rest of the car. EJB 575 has been meticulously detailed and has a beautifully presented engine bay. The engine unit is stunning, the ancillaries detailed and the bulk head nicely painted. The boot area matches the engine bay and is ready to show, the underside of the car is very clean with a stunning, straight chassis and the underside of the wings are beautifully clean. The car is finished off with top quality mohair weather equipment and has clearly been restored and show prepared with no expense spared.
This is without doubt the best Rover Tourer we have seen and finding examples of such high quality are becoming increasing difficult. A top class show winner that meets expectations on and off the road.