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This very smartly presented Rover 12 Tourer is number 103 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 15TH January 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 build 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.
DTH 730 is a car that has spent the majority of its life in Yorkshire. We have a brown ‘buff' continuation logbook showing the car was owned by a gentleman in Bradford from 1957, changing hands in 1963 staying on the outskirts of the City. In 1966 it changed hands again, once again staying local in nearby Shipley and in 1967 moving to Pudsey. The final entry in the ‘buff' logbook was a keeper change to Tadcaster, North Yorkshire with a 1979 vehicle inspection confirming ‘buff' logbook details were correct. We can only assume the car had spent a few years off the road as the DVLA moved onto their computerised system in 1977. We are not aware of the where the Rover spent the 1980's and the majority of the 1990's but from 1999 the car spent six years in Wrexham, before selling to the most recent owner in 2005, coming back to the small Yorkshire village of Balne.
Over the past eleven years the Rover has been used for touring and has been on various trips all over the North of England. DTH 730 has proven ultra-reliable and has covered thousands of faultless miles with its long term last owner. The Rover drives very well with a strong engine holding very good oil pressure, lovely smooth gearbox and handles and brakes well. The Rover cruises comfortably, keeping up with modern traffic and is an ideal long distance open tourer with comfort and importantly lots of space for luggage. The Rover retains its tool tray and comes with full weather equipment to include tonneau and sidesreens. The weather equipment is in excellent order and has been re-trimmed in recent years. The upholstery presents superbly with excellent, nicely aged leather seats, excellent carpets, woodwork and door cards. Externally the Rover is clean, very smart and has a lovely, deep paint finish with good quality older paintwork. The panels are straight, the body strong and the chrome work bright and well presented. This is a delightful, useable open tourer that represents excellent value.