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  Lot 340

1948 Rover P3 75

Estimated at £13,000 - £15,000

Lot details

Registration No: JYM 702
Chassis No: R8430239
MOT: Exempt

Motor Car Location: Staffordshire

  • Restoration completed c.2016/7 with photographs of work completed
  • Offered with a collection of past invoices and green logbook
  • Recent petrol pump and brake overhaul

With new designs having been shelved and materials in short supply, most manufacturers' post-WW2 offerings were understandably closely related to those sold before the onset of hostilities. This was certainly the case with Rover, whose P3 of 1948/1949 shared the general styling of the old 12 and 16 and the actual wings and bonnet of the 12. The marque's old hydraulic / mechanical braking system was also retained. New, however, and a first for Rover, was the independent front suspension. Also fresh, was the engine. A unit that had been on the stocks since the late '30s, its cylinder head was configured with overhead inlet and side exhaust valves. Two versions were offered - the '60', which was a four-cylinder unit of 1595cc and the '75', a six-cylinder version of 2103cc. The box-section chassis was somewhat unusual too, in that it ceased ahead of the rear axle and the semi-elliptic leaf springs were attached direct to the body. Always intended as an interim model, it was replaced by the all-new P4 in 1949 after some 7,837 '75s' had been produced.

Finished in Cream over Maroon with Red leather interior, this P3 75 was subject to restoration work being completed c.2016/7 before the current owners purchase in 2018. 'JYM 702' is supplied with photographs of the restoration work, a current V5, green logbook, and a collection of past invoices.

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Excellent'
Engine: 'Very Good'
Electrical Equipment: 'Very Good'
Paintwork: 'Very Good'
Gearbox: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Excellent'


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