3 ROVER P6 3500
This official conversion offered remarkable quality for a low budget at launch, and remains a bargain
Throbbing Rover V8 for less than £5000. Great colour too. Lots of work completed means it’s not the most original car, but probably better for it. Vendor says it needs some work doing to it; it’s definitely worth a call to see what those jobs are.
1 DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
Rover’s Project Topaz was well engineered, but shared the same weaknesses as the contemporary Metro/100 series. Rear wheelarches, sills (hidden by plastic trim) and windscreen surrounds are typical rampant rot-spots.
2 POLISHED GEM
UK-market Cabriolets have the 1.4 8v K-series engine. A sweet, refined motor when healthy, regular coolant changes and correct bleeding are crucial. Look for stains & evidence of overheating and failed fan switch.
3 RARE JEWELS
114s used Tickford’s power roof. Roughly 500 RHD examples were made. LAMMconverted Metros are rare, and had a black rather than grey roof. Check seals, window alignment and operation of the power roof.
4 SHARP HANDLING
Creaks, clonks and splayed rear wheels indicate worn radius arms. Three to four fingers should fit between tyre and front arch when Hydragas is correctly pressurised. Grease nipples front and rear are often neglected.
114s were used as Channel Island hire cars, so low mileage examples are common. Mechanical components are not hard to restore, so focus on body and trim condition.