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SY 8641 has spent the past 35 years with the same Cheshire based owners, covering in the region of 20,000 miles and touring both on the Continent and within the UK on a regular basis. The Rover was first registered on the 23rd February 1948 and the cars original brown 'buff' logbook is still present with the extensive history file that includes MOT certificates dating back to 1981 and a file of invoices detailing expenditure over many years. Finding cars of this age that have been with the same owners for 35 years is not easily repeated and to find such a car with the huge level of provenance due to its proven robust, reliable long distance touring really makes this a wonderful find and we are delighted to offer it to the market for the first time since it last changed hands in 1981.
This rather interesting Rover 12 Tourer has taken part in many events to include the 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1990 Claret and Classics Bordeaux - Bristol rally and 1995 Preston and District Vintage Car Club Stirling Moss Commemorative Rally. Silverware with the Rover includes a 2nd place trophy for Best Pre-1950 large open car at the Classic Car Spectacular at Tatton Park in 1997, a 3rd place for the same event in 2010, a 2nd place at the Classic and Performance Show at Tatton Park in 2011 and a deserved winner trophy for the Passion for Power event at Tatton Park in 2015, winning the category Best Pre-1950 car. The Rover also picked up First Class at the 2004 Hope Show and Best Car in the Pre-1950 category at the 2009 Bollington Transport Extravaganza so we can say with confidence this is a multiple show winning car.
Over 35 years the Rover has been totally rebuilt back to the ash frame and still, decades since it was last painted it is winning shows. The paintwork and bodywork are exceptional, the engine bay is gleaming and the car comes with excellent full weather equipment and the most stunning upholstery with top quality Black leather seats, stunning woodwork, working and correct gauges and complete tool kit. The attention to detail has been second to none and the car drives just as it looks. It starts promptly, the engine runs beautifully with no smoking, no unusual noises and it delivers smooth power with impressive oil pressure. The four speed gearbox is a delight to use, the Rover is precise and tight on the road and is a truly pleasant driving experience. The Rover has extensively toured France on many occasions and to find a car to this age, that has so reliably covered this level of distance is not easy. This is a wonderful motor with a proven track record of overseas touring, winning shows and events and has to be, all round the very best Rover Tourer we have ever seen. This is an outstanding car and unmissable opportunity for anyone looking for pre-1950's open touring.