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No cars in the 1970’s seemed to have the same air of solid worth than the Rover P5B. They were doing sterling service when Margaret Thatcher arrived in Downing Street in 1979 to begin her eleven-year reign as Prime Minister and for years these Saloons were regularly sweeping into Parliament and Buckingham Palace. They are true British classic and desirability of these strong, robust cars continues to grow. These cars always seem reliable and in the short time we have known this car, it has proven completely reliable driving over to us from Harrogate having being recently owned by a Yorkshire based lawyer.
SOU 361G has come to us in part exchange and is a good, solid driving car that arrives with MOT through to next June. The car presents and drives well and looks great in its colour scheme of White with Mulberry trim. Paintwork is of a nice standard although minor light blemishes are evident and chrome work is of a very good standard. Notes in the history file tell us the body was restored in 2011 at a cost of £5,000. The interior presents beautifully and has recently been treated to new seat foams, re-connolised leather, a new Wadhams high quality carpet set, new door seal rubbers and boot seal and new under bonnet blanket.
Recent mechanical work includes new brake pipes, new front calipers and pads, new rear brake shoes and cylinders, new leaf spring hanger rubbers, anti-roll bar bushes, new steering joints and replaced steering box. As a result of the recent work SOU 361G drives well with precise steering, sharp brakes and generally very good handling. The P5B Saloon performs superbly with a strong, well set up V8 engine and smooth automatic gearbox. This is a very usable example, is ideal for regular use and whilst it isn't a car to win shows with, it does have an impressive presence and offers excellent value for such a sought after model.