Strewth! Rover P5s at £6 a pop
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.