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This lovely Rover P2 16 has come to us from one of our regular customers in Hertfordshire. Between 2010 and 2012 the Rover was subject of a light restoration programme and has come to us in strong mechanical condition, ready to use and enjoy. The Rover comes with recent invoices recording expenditure and a fascinating note book that records mileage and maintenance between 1953 and 1978. During this 25 year period the Rover covered 22000 miles before being laid up until 1991. The notebook gives interesting reading, noting work such as rebuilding the rear axle, fitting a new carburettor, rebuilding the engine in 1970 and taking the car on many journeys to include seaside resorts such as Bournemouth.
In 1989 the Rover was sold and restored by its new owner. It was back in the road in 1991but notes up to May 1991 highlighted some running problems. The Rover covered very little mileage throughout the 1990's and we have MOT certificates from 2000 showing just a few thousand miles over the past fourteen years. When the Rover sold to the most recent owner, the car was thoroughly re-commissioned and lightly restored. Work included fitting new rear springs, all new rear rubbers, removal and treating of the fuel tank, a new wiring loom, the radiator flushed, new hoses, gaskets and thermostat fitted, rebuilt carburettor, replacement distributor weight spring and an overdrive unit fitted in place of the freewheel. Cosmetic improvements included carefully treating the lovely leather seats, replacing the door cards, French polishing the wood, replacing the running boards and rubbers, re-chroming bumpers and carrying out some paintwork. As a result, the Rover is now a smartly presented example that is ready for regular use.
We have records from when the Rover was six years old with a mileage of 20,000 and paperwork confirms a further 27,000 have been covered since 1953. The mileage of 47,000 appears correct and the delightful, original leather seats commensurate with low mileage. The Rover has a stunning interior and whilst it still retains some originality, it looks excellent with a replaced headlining and the recently replaced door cards. The bodywork is strong, straight and in excellent order. The paintwork presents well and the black wings stunning having been recently re-painted. Chrome work gleams and the Rover does present remarkably well. On the road this P2 is fabulous with great handling and braking. The engine runs beautifully with very good oil pressure, the gear changes are lovely and smooth with no crunching and the overdrive kicks in smoothly and really enhances the driving experience. The Rover is ideal for longer distance touring and is a reliable, well restored car that presents very well.