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This stunning, show standard Rover 12 Saloon was first registered on the 2nd February 1939 and still retains its original registration mark FUF 100. From DVLA records with the car, we know the Rover had been off the road during the 1970’s and early 1980’s but in 1984 the car was re-discovered and put back on the road in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Although the Rover will have had restoration work during the 1980’s, invoices show us that during 1999 and 2000 work included rebuilding the steering box, replacing the clutch centre plate, replacing various gaskets and carrying out work to the top end of the engine.
In 2008 the Rover was purchased by its recent owner, a collector who bought the car from a classic car enthusiast in Dumfries who happens to be well known to us. Whilst already in lovely, restored condition, from 2008 in the region of £15,000 has been spent taking this Rover to an outstanding level. As a result, the car has been much admired in Club circles and the car runs and drives superbly. The car was even invited to be displayed at Goodwood House in 2009. The Rover boasts a working all-important freewheel system and does have a correct working, leak free sunroof and functioning lubrication system and opening front screen. Other nice features include a working heater and its lovely to see the tool tray still with the car.
FUF 100 presents superbly with gleaming Black paintwork and excellent straight bodywork. Wings, doors and the underside are all in superb order and the chrome work gleams like the paint. This is a beautiful looking, sharp example and on opening the doors, it doesn't disappoint. The Blue leather seats have been beautifully re-trimmed, door cards are excellent, as is the headlining and woodwork. Dashboard gauges are all clear and in lovely order and the whole car has a real feel of class. The boot compartment is super clean and the engine bay is particularly well detailed and gleaming.
On the road this four cylinder 12 hp Rover is absolutely right. The engine starts instantly, it runs evenly and quiet holding good oil pressure and underload performs well pulling perfectly through the strong gearbox. The steering feels precise, brakes are efficient and the ride is lovely. The last owner has clearly had an exceptional keen eye for detail and its clear from the history file that he really went through the Rover to ensure it was capable of being driven longer distances. More recent work includes replacing the water pump with a re-conditioned unit, replacing the thermostat, new control box, new ignition components, rebuild voltage regulator, new coolant hoses, re-tempered suspension springs, replacement carburetor and brake overhaul. In order to ensure a show winning finish to the car, in 2014 the car had extensive paintwork and some trim work to ensure the car presents as well as it drives. This is an absolute gem and finding another one like this won't be easy.