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

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - Matt Richard­son

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.

BODY­WORK CHECK

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.

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