Rover P5 Coupé
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!
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.