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The Rover 16 model was first introduced in 1937 and was the basis for the styling and engineering features that became standard across the Rover range by 1939. The 1937 model has many unique details of appearance that make it of particular interest, for example no other Rover had a bonnet of this type. Only 1335 examples of this model were manufactured and according to the Rover Sports Register, by 1988 just sixteen were known to survive, thirteen in the UK. When we last sold this car in 2013, only four were known to be in roadworthy condition.
Our show standard example was registered BPW 495 on the 21st April 1937. We know the Rover was roadworthy with current MOT in 1976 but by 1987 was discovered in ‘barn find' condition requiring full restoration. From 1987 to 2010, the Rover was subject of a long term, full restoration carried out to an exceptional standard. The long-term owner commissioned a no expense spared rebuild and a detailed photographic record accompanies invoices throughout this period. By 1991 the bodyshell was completely rebuilt with corroded metal all removed. The bodyshell was removed from the chassis and new panels and sections were fabricated into the body as necessary. New inner wings and arches were fitted and the doors were all removed and required re-skinning, the frame work was repaired as necessary. The inner and out sills were supplied and fitted, the ash frame restored and all work was carried out to a professional standard by a restoration specialist. On completion, the body was put into etch prima. Invoices for all work relating to the bodyshell is with the history file. For reasons unknown to us, very little progress was made with the car throughout the mid and late 1990's and it wasn't actually until 2009 the Rover was taken to another restoration specialist for painting. The body was painted in Old English White and shot blasting was carried out to seat frames, running board brackets etc. The cost of preparation, painting and shot blasting totalled £4950. A total of £781 was spent on wing piping, chrome headed door screws, new rubbers, polishing engine components, re-chroming the front and rear bumpers and repairing and polishing all tread plates.
In April 2010 the Rover was treated to a full re-trim. The roof section was replaced and a new grey union cloth headlining fitted. The seats and arm rests were re-trimmed in leather, sun visors, door cards, rear arch covers and parcel shelf were all re-trimmed, the rear blind re-trimmed in grey cloth, a new carpet set made and front window aperture panels fitted. The re-trim was charged at £3500. The Rover has been mechanically overhauled and whilst the engine was rebuilt prior to 1987 and covered no mileage, it was treated to a new decoke gasket set in 2009 before being put back on the road for the first time in over thirty years.
In 2013 BPW 495 arrived with us for the first time in truly stunning condition. We sold the Rover to the last owner who has enjoyed five years of faultless motoring and classic car ownership. The Rover performs perfectly on the road with fabulous performance, a strong engine holding excellent oil pressure, the gear changes are a delight and the car handles and brakes perfectly. BPW 495 has a beautiful level of detail and the engine bay is quite simply first class and of a show standard. The interior is as new, the body and paintwork first class, chrome work gleams and the car is most certainly of show winning potential. This Rover 16 in all round excellent condition and is certainly one of the best P2 Rovers we have had the pleasure of owning.
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