Rover P5 Coupé

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Front Page - Matt Richard­son

EN­GINE 2995cc/6-cyl/IOE POWER 134bhp@5000rpm TORQUE 169lb ft@1750rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 109mph 0-60mph 15sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 17.6mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed manual + O/D MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 2690

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The P5 was a solid lux­ury car and this still feels like a well-made car that has been cared for through­out its life. The creamy straight-six en­gine doesn’t seem harsh or strained, even at high revs or un­der hard ac­cel­er­a­tion and it cruises qui­etly. The gearshift is very pre­cise, and over­drive en­gages and dis­en­gages quickly with a flick of the col­umn-mounted switch. The clutch is quite heavy un­der­foot, but the brakes are re­as­sur­ingly ex­cel­lent. The sus­pen­sion gives a re­laxed ride on all sur­faces, but with enough firm­ness to hold on well through cor­ners. There are no wor­ry­ing noises from the sus­pen­sion – not even the rear leaf springs creak over bumps. Thor­oughly nice to drive!

BODY­WORK CHECK

The car has clearly been re­painted to a high stan­dard: the fin­ish is smooth and shiny across all of the un­dam­aged, rust-free pan­els. There are just a cou­ple of stone chips. The stain­less steel and chrome trim is all in ex­cel­lent or­der – hub­caps, bumpers and ra­di­a­tor shell are all near per­fect. The wheels wear lit­tle-used Kumho 185/80 R15 tyres with plenty of tread left.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

Hav­ing been re­trimmed in green leather, the seats look al­most new. Car­pets and door cards were done at the same time, all to the same high stan­dard. The dash­board is in ex­cep­tion­ally good con­di­tion, as is the black plas­tic; the wood through­out is beau­ti­ful. There are static seat­belts fit­ted in the front, but none in the rear. Pleas­ingly, the MW/LW ra­dio works per­fectly, and the tool tray has all its items present. An um­brel­lastyle hand­brake un­der the dash works prop­erly. Over­head the head­lin­ing is tight and bright. The only no­tice­able dam­age in­side is the clear plas­tic steer­ing wheel cen­tre, which has crazed with age. The boot area is also spot­less, look­ing show­room-fresh.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The dealer hasn’t touched the en­gine bay – no need, be­cause it ar­rived in al­most spot­less con­di­tion. There are signs of a con­sci­en­tious owner, who has fit­ted elec­tronic ig­ni­tion and a home­made heat shield un­der the dis­trib­u­tor. The en­gine is sweet; it starts on the first flick on the key and idles so qui­etly that the car is al­most silent from just a few paces away.

THE CCW VIEW

The Rover Sports Reg­is­ter and P5 Club badges are clues that this car has been cared for by an en­thu­si­as­tic owner – it’s clear that a lot of money has been spent mak­ing the Rover look like new in­side and out. It’s a won­der­ful-look­ing car that drives ex­tremely well; our test­drive lasted longer than usual as we sim­ply didn’t want to re­turn it! With P5 val­ues ris­ing, this is a well-priced in­vest­ment that’s ready to en­joy.

PROS Body­work, in­te­rior, drives beau­ti­fully

CONS Al­most noth­ing – cou­ple of stone chips

ASK­ING £9995 PRICE

En­gine per­forms the same way it looks – bril­liantly.

Re­freshed in­te­rior is a fan­tas­tic place to be.

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