Classic Sports Car

OWNING ONE

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Lifelong classic enthusiast Pete Watson converted to 2000s from Rover P4s in 1982. “The P4s were a bit heavy and juicy,” he recalls. “I’ve had about 20 2000s, including a Mk1 PI Estate and the works prototype V8. I was on the Register committee when this car came up in 1988, stored in the original owner’s Ealing town house. We held a sealed-bid auction and I won. It was an absolute timewarp, covered in books in the garage, on its original C41 tyres with 14,720 miles from new. I took some fuel and a battery, blew up the tyres and drove it home. There was a bit of a misfire – one valve had stuck and bent the pushrod – but I freed it, straighten­ed the pushrod and it ran perfectly. I just wish I’d thought to keep the original Stanpart weights when I put new tyres on. It drives well, but most of all I enjoy preserving it.”

“I was on the Register committee when this car came up in 1988. It was a timewarp, still on its original tyres”

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