1965 ROVER 3-LITRE P5

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Classic Cars For Sale - Gil­lian Carmoodie

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? The en­gine fires up from cold with no blue smoke, splut­ter or back­fire. Once warmed, the car pulls well with brisk ac­cel­er­a­tion and a smooth man­ual gear change. The brakes bring the Rover’s bulk to a firm halt from speed with­out any pulling and the handbrake holds the car well. The sus­pen­sion soaks up rough road sur­faces qui­etly while track­ing is straight and true. There are no vi­bra­tions through the steer­ing wheel. BODY­WORK CHECK There is slight bub­bling on both rear wheel arches plus a few mi­nor chips and cracks be­neath the win­dows, but the pan­els are straight and panel gaps even. There is some cracked paint around the fuel filler cap, a slight paint blem­ish above the ‘Rover’ let­ter­ing on the bootlid and a mi­nor chip above the chrome coach­line on the rear pas­sen­ger door, but the un­der­side is crust free and chrome un­pit­ted. There are no cracks in the wind­screen and the rough-look­ing win­dow rub­bers still seem to be wa­ter­tight. Tyres have plenty of tread and the wheels and hub­caps haven’t been kerbed. HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR? The black dash­board, wooden door pan­els and tof­fee­coloured door­cards are in good con­di­tion, as are the car­pets. There are a few marks on the head­lin­ing above the driver’s seat and in the cor­ners be­hind the rear pas­sen­ger seat and the up­hol­stery and wood on the pas­sen­ger door has faded slightly. The leather has some age-re­lated crack­ing and dis­colour­ing, al­though it’s far from an eye­sore. The orig­i­nal HMV ra­dio still works, like­wise the oil pres­sure gauge, ana­logue clock and wa­ter tem­per­a­ture gauge. The win­dow winders are rather stiff but loosen up af­ter the win­dows have been raised and low­ered a few times. UN­DER THE BON­NET The packed en­gine bay is on the grimy side, with sur­face cor­ro­sion most ev­i­dent on the ex­haust man­i­folds and gi­ant air box, but all the hoses, pipes and wires are un­dam­aged and in their cor­rect places. The car has had four pre­vi­ous own­ers and the com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice his­tory (which in­cludes the orig­i­nal work­shop man­ual) sug­gests that none of them has skimped on rou­tine ser­vic­ing or main­te­nance. Coolant and oil lev­els are around the max­i­mum mark and there are no signs of any ex­ces­sive fluid leaks. The sur­face rust patches in the off­side rain gut­ter could do with sort­ing out sooner rather than later, how­ever. OUR VER­DICT Al­though not per­fect, this Rover is a de­light­fully un­spoiled Bri­tish cruiser that wears its in­te­rior and ex­te­rior patina hon­estly. It’s been round the clock, but could fool you into think­ing oth­er­wise with rel­a­tively lit­tle time and ef­fort. The ask­ing price is tempt­ingly low for an early P5 in as solid and un­mo­lested con­di­tion as this, too.

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