A Rover fan’s inside view
Having read Nick Larkin’s article about finding a home for his Rovers ( CCW, 14 June), I know how he feels when it comes to watching his cars sitting outside.
My 1970 Rover 3500 was my first car about three to four years ago and I bought it with the intension of fully restoring the car.
After a few months of local use, I completely rebuilt the Rover in a gazebo on my parents’ drive, battling leaks and high winds. Then after the paint reacted and was found to be the wrong shade, I decided to put it back on the road unfinished – half Tobacco Leaf, half Brigade Red. It got used in all weather, and I parked it on the street outside my old girlfriend’s house.
Now, a lovely local friend who owns a TR6 has let me use one of his garages. For the last 13 months I have been coach painting it by hand using rollers and brushes. Hopefully it will be back on the road before the end of summer. It will be my everyday car again, but I’m making sure it is protected.
It is a much better car than my plastic 1990s Volvo – the high insurance on that car is putting me off keeping the practically free Rover as my second car. When I’m 25 at the end of the year, modern cars may be a bit more affordable to insure. I like the simplicity of old cars in terms of usability as well as fix ability. One day I hope to build myself a garage somewhere. A replica 1950s-60s petrol station would be nice!
James Dean, by email