1963 ROVER P4 95
ENGINE 2625cc/6-cyl/IOE POWER 102bhp@4750rpm TORQUE 140lb ft@1500rpm MAXIMUM SPEED 94mph 0-60MPH 18.4 sec FUEL CONSUMPTION 19-25mpg TRANSMISSION RWD, four-speed manual MoT 12 months from sale MILEAGE 92845 miles
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
Even before you turn the key, the Rover exudes an air of quality. A glance at the long angled gearstick is a bit unnerving but the selection is brilliant; a lovely short throw of the stick through the beautifully precise gate makes swapping cogs a joy. The clutch pedal has very short travel and is not too heavy, and the brake pedal is firm, stopping the car easily. The smooth six-cylinder engine pulls well, and the ride is well controlled and compliant over poor surfaces. There’s some roll into corners but grip is strong and the steering nicely weighted, the big wheel making up for a lack of power assistance. All-round visibility for the driver is excellent.
It appears rust-free and sound throughout. The Juniper Green paint holds a good shine with only a few small blemishes. The front wings look to have been repainted some time ago and there are some chips around the nearside rear wheelarch and fuel filler flap. There’s also a crack in the paint where the offside rear wing meets the valance panel. The chrome bumpers are very good, and rather unusually there are mountings for a removable towbar on the rear – the tow hitch itself is in the boot. What’s visible of the exhaust back box looks in good shape. The radiator shell looks good, but the grille slats have dulled and the bright strip above the Viking ornament has worn through after over half a century of bonnet closing. The hubcaps are in excellent condition and the wheels have new 185/80 R15 tyres all round.
HOW’S THE INTERIOR?
The green leather bench seats are delightful, with only light creasing in the hide showing the car’s age. There are no cracks, scuffs or loose stitching and the stuffing still feels nicely firm. The matching green carpet is in good order and the wooden dash is superb, with no cracks or lifting veneer to report. The instruments are clear through the wheel with its chrome horn ring. An original-looking Motorola radio is fitted, and the tool drawer under the dash is complete. The handbrake sits on the far right near the pedals – unpopular when new, but a relocated handle was liked even less, so it returned here with a shepherd’s crook top.
UNDER THE BONNET
The engine bay was detailed by the last owner and hasn’t been sullied by any leaks since. The starter turns slowly but the engine bursts into life after a couple of turns and idles almost silently.
THE CCW VIEW
With lots of history including receipts for maintenance, and having only covered 7000 miles in the last 28 years, this appears to be a very good, usable and enjoyable P4 95. The price looks more than fair, too.