3 ROVER P6 3500

This of­fi­cial con­ver­sion of­fered re­mark­able qual­ity for a low bud­get at launch, and re­mains a bar­gain

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - RK

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.

5 PROVE­NANCE

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.

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