Thank you for your kind message, and I attach a couple of pictures of the Rover 20hp with twodoor drophead coachwork by Tickford. This one is called ‘Buttercup’, and she is owned by my friend Howard Buchanan, who lives near me in Isham, England.
Howard says that Buttercup featured on the front cover of the Jan./feb. 1992 issue of Freewheeling, which was the magazine of the Rover Owners Club of Australia.
At that time, there was known to be just one Rover 20hp Saloon— which was the basis for the Tickford drophead — in Australia, and it was owned by David Hollister of Turramurra, NSW.
Mr Hollister is still listed as a member of the Rover Sports Register; however, Howard believes that he no longer has the car.
I am very fortunate to have been driven, in Buttercup, to several Rover and other classic car events in England, and I can confirm that she is a very well-engineered car, still free of rattles and giving gallant, smooth, comfortable, and reliable service after 76 years!
I saw five Tickford dropheads, including Howard’s, at Rover’s 110th annual rally in England, in 2014; however, Howard’s was the only 20hp one. Tickfords were also made on the 14hp and 16hp Rover chassis.
While writing, I know that it’s easy for a European petrolhead to identify most of your pictures of rear-engined cars, but how did I do?
Thank you for a great magazine. My oldest school friend sends it to me, often, and I always enjoy it!
William Standerwick, Isham, Northamptonshire, England Many thanks for sending us the info on Buttercup, it’s definitely a fine-looking car. While I’ve not personally seen one down in this part of the world, that’s not to say there aren’t any. Let’s hope our readers can let us know if any are hiding away. AFW
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