129 rovers up for grabs? struth!

Amaz­ing col­lec­tion of Rover ‘P’-mod­els about to go to auc­tion Down Un­der

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

An ex­tra­or­di­nary col­lec­tion of 129 Rovers is go­ing un­der the ham­mer in Aus­tralia.

One man’s pri­vate col­lec­tion, mainly com­pris­ing of P4s, P5s, and P6s will be up for sale with Quean­beyan, New South Wales-based auc­tion house Slattery on 18 Novem­ber.

The cars are be­ing auc­tioned off fol­low­ing the death of their owner, Dr Vin­cent Flynn.

Top­ping the bill are sev­eral im­mac­u­late P5B Coupés and a stream of in­creas­ingly rare Rover P4 ‘Cy­clops’ mod­els, and there’s an en­tire sep­a­rate auc­tion ded­i­cated just to the spares. About a quar­ter of the cars are best de­scribed as ‘need­ing work’. Many think Flynn was hop­ing to pre­serve them for pos­ter­ity.

As well as the 129 Rovers, there are sev­eral Amer­i­can clas­sics, rang­ing from Cadil­lacs to Buicks.

The cars were col­lected over a life­time by Flynn, a scholar of In­dian his­tory and a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney. He was also a phi­lan­thropist who never mar­ried and es­tab­lished an ac­tive pri­vate char­i­ta­ble trust di­rected to the re­lief of poverty and ed­u­ca­tion of dis­ad­van­taged per­sons of In­dian de­scent.

Aus­tralian Rover en­thu­si­ast James Moule says: ‘Many Aus­tralian Rover fans sold their cars to Dr Flynn over the years. Now we know where all the Cy­clops in Aus­tralia are!

‘Dr Flynn was quite the char­ac­ter. I first met him at Syd­ney Uni­ver­sity in the early 1970s – and he was Aus­tralia’s fore­most San­skrit ex­pert, even by his own ad­mis­sion. ‘It’s good to know that his col­lec­tion of Rovers is about to come back into cir­cu­la­tion for us in Aus­tralia.’

Ju­lia Hirschberg, mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor for Slattery says: ‘ The auc­tion has been widely ad­ver­tised in the US and Asia, as well as Aus­tralia. There’s been lots of in­ter­est – and a big con­tribut­ing factor to that is that all the cars are re­mark­ably well pre­served.’

Fancy buy­ing one to bring it home to the UK? Slattery ac­cepts on­line bid­ding. ❚ www.slat­teryauc­tions.com.au

Just four of the ‘re­mark­ably’ well pre­served Bri­tish rovers go­ing up for auc­tion in aus­tralia.

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