Strewth! Rover P5s at £6 a pop

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Front Page - Nick Larkin www.slat­teryauc­

Bri­tish Rover fans have bought some of the cars up for grabs at an in­cred­i­ble Aus­tralian sale of more than 150 ex­am­ples, ac­cord­ing to one of the largest Asia Pa­cific auction houses.

The se­lec­tion of Rover ve­hi­cles and parts came from the es­tate of Dr John Flynn, who died ear­lier this year. And UK clubs are en­list­ing their Aussie com­pa­tri­ots to try to send a con­tainer load of rare spares back to Blighty.

Slat­tery Auc­tions sold the cars in Quean­beyan, a re­gional cen­tre in South Table­lands, last month and some of the cars went for prices that would make UK en­thu­si­asts weep – a num­ber of restora­tion project P5s went un­der the ham­mer for as lit­tle as £6 (A$10).

Rais­ing the most cash was an im­mac­u­late white Rover P5B, which raised £8968 (A$14,500) but most cars went for less than a fifth of that.

‘All the Rovers were sold, some to Bri­tish buy­ers, but we can’t di­vulge ex­actly how many are go­ing back to the UK,’ com­ments spokesper­son for the auc­tion­eer Ju­lia Hirschberg.

The Rover P4 Driv­ers Guild is hop­ing to source spares from New South Wales buy­ers and ship them to the UK.

Guild spokesman Ja­son Dorey says: ‘We are get­ting in touch with a num­ber of Aus­tralian clas­sic car clubs to see if any­thing can be done. There were some rare spares in the col­lec­tion and we were won­der­ing whether we might be able to ac­quire a con­tainer load and get them sent back to Bri­tain.’

The high­est price paid was £8968 for a Rover P5B. The low­est, £6.

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