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Old 2nd March 2018, 10:52 PM
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You are following in Michael's foot steps Bryce... posting at all hours. Though Michael's 3 & 4 am Posts are a hard act to follow. I'm usually in the Land of Nod by 9 30 And yes, Dark Blue is a classy colour on the Rover. It is interesting that one colour does not suit another Car. Dark colours suit the old British Cars , even my 1936 Morris 8 I bought in 1954.
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You've said it Sean-it's 3.49 and I am on fire. Those additional pictures really demonstrate the quality of the car and its handsome appearance. In my view, it's almost perfect. I agree with you, Bryce, that 'White' all over probably demonstrates the worst feature of Coupe styling, and like you I am talking about the large door areas and the small windows.

What provides the perceived elegance of the Coupe are the front and rear screens - especially the rear with its slope and prominent stainless steel strip finishers around the window. Some styling items that I have on hand are special Lucas mirrors, and perhaps also fog/spot lights, but I am not totally certain what matching items I have. I think (!) I also have original plexiglass sun visors, unlike the original 'soft safety' vinyl clad visors that can look a bit crappy if one is relying on old items. Still to be sorted and decided upon. I even have some beautiful Blaupunkt/Axis new Radios, but I can even go one better and have genuine period HMV push button and Radiomobile radios. In some ways, it really is all exciting stuff to deal with. Regards. Styria

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You are following in Michael's foot steps Bryce... posting at all hours. Though Michael's 3 & 4 am Posts are a hard act to follow. I'm usually in the Land of Nod by 9 30
I certainly can't top the 3am/4am posts!

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And yes, Dark Blue is a classy colour on the Rover. It is interesting that one colour does not suit another Car. Dark colours suit the old British Cars , even my 1936 Morris 8 I bought in 1954.
Its funny how even similar cars can have a big impact on this. For example, the W116 looks great in yellow whereas I think the W126 looks rather silly in yellow, like a big banana.

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I think (!) I also have original plexiglass sun visors, unlike the original 'soft safety' vinyl clad visors that can look a bit crappy if one is relying on old items. Still to be sorted and decided upon. I even have some beautiful Blaupunkt/Axis new Radios, but I can even go one better and have genuine period HMV push button and Radiomobile radios. In some ways, it really is all exciting stuff to deal with. Regards. Styria
I understand why car companies moved to the soft visors, but the plexiglass type were much more useful! The other useful feature that has been abandoned is quarterlights. Again with A/C probably not necessary but I used to drive my W111 coupe around with the quaterlights angled to get nice air flow towards me.

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I even have some beautiful Blaupunkt/Axis new Radios, but I can even go one better and have genuine period HMV push button and Radiomobile radios. In some ways, it really is all exciting stuff to deal with. Regards. Styria
Lots of great choices to really top this restoration. I know some people like the best of both with a period radio shown in the car, and a modern one hidden in the glove box. Each to his own.
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Old 3rd March 2018, 04:25 PM
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Just to expand a little on the subject of ownership of my Rovers over the years. There was, of course, a 1964 P5 3 litre Saloon that I purchased in about 1967. It was charcoal in colour, but even then I had a hankering for changing things a little, such as having the bottom part of the car sprayed in Burgundy. Registration No. DRB 303, and the picture was taken at my property in Wahroonga - first home I bought. I was pretty fit in those days, and manhandling a cast iron DG Auto Box did not present too many difficulties.






The first photo also features a 1964 Lagonda Rapide - lest you guys are wondering what sort of car it is. You may recall seeing a Lagonda badge on my 3 litre white/lavender Coupe on the radiator grille. Always loved Lagondas, and at one stage I was contemplating purchasing the car pictured, at 1450.00 British Pound sterling.

There is also a Mark IA, 1960 model, which was a great car. I didn't keep it too long - in fact sold it when I bought the white Coupe. In addition, there are four pictures of a P5B Saloon that I really never came to grips with. Wonderfully comfortable interior, especially the seats, but this car bounced all over the place on poorly surfaced roads.

Unless I am mistaken, there is also a picture of My 300 Finnie Saloon. It had those huge Marchal spotlights that would really turn night into day. Fantastic on the open road. I'll just have another look at the pics to see if any further information may be of interest. Regards Styria

N.B. Unfortunately, there isn't the Finnie included - not this time anyway.

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Well, I have found the 300 Finnie, but it is in company with two Rover 3500S models that I mentioned in my 'restoring my Rover 3500S. That 300 Finnie - I had it for seven years and 100,000 miles. Absolutely wonderful family car, self levelling suspension, and an engine that started being happy from seventy miles upwards. I paid $2450.00 from an advertised price of $3300.00 by an owner who needed to sell in a hurry, and I sold it,as a non-runner, for $5800.00. At one stage, I believe, there was one registered 300SEL in the whole of Germany.




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Just to expand a little on the subject of ownership of my Rovers over the years. There was, of course, a 1964 P5 3 litre Saloon that I purchased in about 1967. It was charcoal in colour, but even then I had a hankering for changing things a little, such as having the bottom part of the car sprayed in Burgundy. Registration No. DRB 303, and the picture was taken at my property in Wahroonga - first home I bought. I was pretty fit in those days, and manhandling a cast iron DG Auto Box did not present too many difficulties.
The Saloon looks nice with the two tone paint you added.

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The first photo also features a 1964 Lagonda Rapide - lest you guys are wondering what sort of car it is. You may recall seeing a Lagonda badge on my 3 litre white/lavender Coupe on the radiator grille. Always loved Lagondas, and at one stage I was contemplating purchasing the car pictured, at 1450.00 British Pound sterling.
That Lagonda is an impressive machine. Granted 1450 pounds was a lot of moneyh in 1964, but that car I am sure is worth a lot today.

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There is also a Mark IA, 1960 model, which was a great car. I didn't keep it too long - in fact sold it when I bought the white Coupe. In addition, there are four pictures of a P5B Saloon that I really never came to grips with. Wonderfully comfortable interior, especially the seats, but this car bounced all over the place on poorly surfaced roads.
I wonder if any of those three saloons ended up at the flynn auction? There were a few 3 liter saloons and a number of v8 saloons. Given the dilapidated nature of most of them, would have been difficult to recognise them.

That Finnie is a rare model too. Hope the new owner fixed it up instead of breaking it for spares!

BTW: I copied the last post to the P6 thread as well since it had three photos of the cars you described in that thread.
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Great to see the Forum spreading it's wings. Mainly down to Michael and Bryce.
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Bryce, the 300 Finnie was purchased by a Swiss chef who was taking up a post or engagement in the Hunter Valley. When he first established contact (and he was the first person to respond to my Sydney Morning Herald advertisement), he virtually begged me not to sell the car to anyone - not that I had any other phone calls. To this day I still don't know why he bought the car, as it was a non-runner and had been sitting alongside my shed for six months at least. I never heard from him again. BTW, the photo of the Finnie might be in a different section. Regards Styria
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There are three other cars in that group of four photos - the red 1974 3500S that I had half restored but became a victim of extensive rust and was taken to the Recyclers only about six months ago. There is also a blue 3500Auto that belonged to my father in law and he traded it on a Ford Falcon at Macksville on the North Coast (its whereabouts or subsequent history unknown) and there is also the White 3500S (1976) that had been fitted with the Leyland P76 4.4 litre engine. I should be able to dig up one or two pictures of that car. It became a victim of a fuel/electrical fire that destroyed the car. That was in 1982 and the subject of an unsuccessful NRMA claim. I lost $8000.00 on the non-_payment of the claim by the Insurance Company. Regards Styria
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There is a rather nice P5B Coupe on carsales. Makes that blue one that went for about $14,000 at the flynn auction a real rip off compared to this one at $19,990.

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Now contrast this MKIIC similar to the one I sold styria. This guy wants $1,000 and its probably worse than my old one:

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In the theme of rough P5 Coupe's coming into the market here is the latest. This one is a better proposition than the last but would still need extensive refurbishment to body and wood, no mention of mechanicals:

"1962 Rover P5 3.0L Mark 2
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Regrettable sale, meant to be a bit of a unique project, just dont have the room and time due to unforseen circumstances. 1962 MKII p5 rover, starts, runs & drives, interior is in great condition for its age all leather seems to be aged but no rips, timber venier on doors cracked and need redo, exterior has at some point had a dodgy respray and has some surface rust showing, has a couple of rust spots but not bad. Would be a great project for someone with the time and room to do so."


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Two totally different cars in condition,both inside and out. The $1K. Car I had seen on Facebook, and I did venture the opinion that it was nothing but crap. It,s one of those cars that you could not even use for spares. Consign it to the recyclers.

The last one, grey, exhibits a certain amount of, shall we call it 'patina' - quite original in most respects but, again, you'd want to spend quite a bit initially to just bring it up to some sort of satisfactory standard. There was also the quite beautiful green Coupe, in very nice condition. New upholstery, although not to the highest standard, and there is also the choice of carpet material chosen for this car. - it is of the wrong texture, and probably fairly poor in quality. I also tend to think that the side-onicture of the car illustrates the overly high front and rear suspension heights which is one of the valid criticisms I have levelled at the P5B V8 model, with the engine being far too light for the standard set up of the car as it was manufactured by the Rover Company. Rgards. Styria
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Nice two tone rover at a recent show:



This one is a nice colour and has the lucas driving lights

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Interesting 3l manual overdrive in the uk. I like the colour combo of burgundy/grey. a little tatty but shows the lines of the car well. for some reason it is sporting a single lucas fog light. I also don't like the mirrors halfway upo the front wings, something you see on a lot of uk market cars. I prefer the on the doors. spoils the lines!












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