- Beautiful condition
- Fully restored
- Many original features
- Every MOT from 1977 – 2005
- Stored from 2006 – 2019
- Photographic history of resto
- Only three owners
This auction offers buyers an incredibly rare opportunity to own a striking and rare Rover 3500 V8 S P6.
This Rover 3500 S will take you back to a time when suspension was suspension. Progressive body roll wasn’t a criminal offence and making rapid progress was smooth and fun. The Rover was regarded as one of the best-riding cars of its time. Throw the 3500 S into a curve and you’ll feel the tail hunker down, the whole car sharpen up with the balance becoming neutral. The V8 S shoots like a rocket out the other side of the curve, ready for next one
Launched to the public at the 1963 Earls Court motor show, the P6 replaced the rather sober P4. The new car was aimed at customers who wanted a modern, sporty, high quality saloon. Just four years later, the 3500 V8 arrived. But in a nod to its previous mature customer base, Rover only built the V8 in sedate automatic versions.
1971 changed all that. The superb Rover V8 S arrived.
History and paperwork
- Registered new on 3rd May 1972
- First owner from new until 2002. This owner changed his address and appears twice during that period. The same owner but two entries
- Second owner from 2002 – 2005
- Third owner from 2005 – 2018
- We understand the third owner put the Rover into storage between 2005 – 2018
- Our vendor bought during the first lockdown in 2020
- Continuous MOT certificated history from 1977 – 2004
- The original Rover handbooks are with the car
- All the previous log books verifying the above come with the car
- A new MOT will be put on the car in January 2023 (although exempt).
The construction of the P6 was different from anything ever seen before. The Rover P6 had the conventional monocoque design. From this skeleton, all the unstressed external panels were hung. Uniquely all the panels were bolted on, including the roof.
That means all the exterior panels can be removed, and the load bearing structure can be exposed. As you can see from our Image Gallery, that is exactly what we have here. You do not need us to stress how important these images are when buying a classic car. That reassurance is impossible to put a value on. Take a look through, you’ll see.
The aim of the rebuild was keep as much of the originality as possible.
- The exterior panels have all been removed
- The P6 was remarkably solid
- No classic is immune to the British climate
- Any corrosion was carefully removed
- Repair sections were fabricated if required
- These were small sections for a jacking point and inner rear arches. (This is not a forensic or exhaustive list!)
- Professionally repainted
The chrome work is still all in good condition. We say “still” because it is original.
Stripping the Rover back to this extent reveals all the critical areas; floor pans, inner wings, boot floor, inner and outer sills and suspension turrets. Bidders can see for themselves what the Rover was like.
We can also see the work that has gone into it. Browse through the 100 or so images. The finished result is a stunning Rover 3500 S. If you have any question do please let us know.
The same attention to detail lavished on the body structure has clearly gone into the interior too.
- The interior was fully stripped
- New door cards were produced
- The seats were refreshed
- The offside front seat had a repair section sewn in to the bolster
- New carpet with high quality sound deadening was fitted
The eagle eyed may spot a small crack, not a split, in the drivers side seat swab under the rolled over base section. We couldn’t see it. Our vendor is just being straight.
Look closely and you’ll note that even colour coded door aperture felt has been sourced and fitted. That speaks volumes.
When launched, the Rover 3500 S exemplified quality and sophistication that rivals struggled to match. The restoration on this P6 is equally hard to match. We have struggled to recall one that has such effort poured into it with an end result like this.
The superb V8 needs no introduction from us. Mated to a four speed box, the V8 S didn’t hang about. The worm and roller steering box is precise and predictable, giving the Rover V8 high speed stability, so beloved when the Old Bill where chasing bad guys. There is a second video taken recently on a rather chilly winter day showing the engine and more.. check it out here
Our vendor tells us;
“We stripped the auxiliaries from the engine and engine bay, cleaned everything down, repainted the engine bay and replaced any items that were showing any wear. The carbs were cleaned and the inlet manifold gasket was replaced. I’ve only driven about 600-700 miles in the car since the rebuild.
It starts first time, without any choke. It runs perfectly and I mean, perfectly. The brakes are good. The clutch is fine, the gearbox changes well, it really flies.
It’s got a new stainless steel exhaust and new tyres all round. The Rover V8 burble sounds fantastic and she drives extremely well with loads of power. The 4 speed manual gear change is great too with no wines or rattles. The diff was refurbished by the previous owner and the braking system, all of which works great.
It’s had a new/refurbished brake servo. And the extremely difficult to get at rear brake pads have been renewed.
All in all an excellent Rover 3500 S that can be used as a daily driver. She looks stunning and drives beautifully!”
Winning ‘Car of the Year’ when it was launched was thoroughly deserved. Even by today’s standards, as you can see, they are a great classic to drive.
The outcome of all that hard work is a beautiful Rover V8 S. We are hesitant to repeat lazy descriptions featuring language such as ‘perfect’ or ‘concourse’ because they are so subjective. However, as you’ll see there are few descriptors that adequately convey how good this Rover is.
What makes a ‘good’ classic?
Provenance – We have documented low ownership with a great stash of MOTs going back to 1977.
Desirability – The Rover V8 S models are becoming scarce. Ones in this condition are rare as turkeys teeth. We think they are near impossible to find like this.
Condition – The images speak for themselves.
If you have been looking for a Rover 3500 V8 S that is in outstanding condition which has been extensively overhauled, so that you can bid with a high degree of confidence, then look no further. Good luck bidding!
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Vehicle Location : North Shields NE29 – it’s the responsibility of the buyer to make
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