Rover 3500 S P6B
A standout Rover 3500 S P6B of the highest order.
Heritage Trust have confirmed that our Rover 3500 S P6B chassis number 481-02977-A was built on the 4th July 1972 and despatched to Henlys Ltd in London on the 7th of July 1972 with an Almond exterior and a black vinyl roof. Registered thereafter as NGK 483L it would accommodate 6 UK owners including a comprehensive restoration between 2004 and 2007 by the 5th owner, Mr Anthony Wilson. The work was completed by Rover P6 specialist M.H. Annable & Son Motor Engineers in Derby with the work nicely documented in the cars neat history file. Detailed below, it included a V8 engine replacement with a 5 speed gearbox conversion which is simply a joy to drive. UK MOT certificates between 1989 and 2013 confirm the cars total mileage before it is exported to Germany in 2014 by European Classic Cars in Swindon. The importing German owner subsequently invested an additional €4000 in fine tuning and detailed preparation before undergoing the stringent German testing and registration process. The result is superb. For any potential new German owner there is multitude of German language Rover P6 manuals along with Historical registration and TÜV.
The car left the factory in Almond and was subsequently restored between 2004 and 2007 when it was repainted in Lotus Cherry Red which really suits the car well. It’s an overall nice finish and is holding up well considering it was done almost two decades ago. Documented pictures show the cars bare-metal repainting process. Keen Rover-eyes will spot the superbly fitted Webasto roof which is a wonderful addition to the original vinyl roof. All bright-work is in good condition with the exception of the rear right over-rider which is now slightly corroded from underneath and depicted accordingly. The car also comes with various front grill spares which are also photographed in the cars Documentation side. It is a surprisingly eye-catching car considering the colour is not an original Rover livery but, that said, it has been well chosen.
The black leather seats are in fine condition throughout, now showing just the right amount of patina and may well be the original ones. All four of the alien like head-rests are in superb condition with the rears packed away in the boot to offer a clearer rear view. They are depicted below in the cars Documentation side. The dash and beautiful green dials all show little sign of wear and tear with most of them being replaced during the restoration and now displaying a nice used car appeal. But the interior is dominated by a well fitted Webasto roof. They don’t suit all cars, but this is a cracking result and tastefully done with an equally dominating large sun-visor which almost matches the cars green tinted glass, some of which has been replaced during the restoration. The electronic Rallye Trip Meter (Wegestreckenzähler) was professionally installed by Fm Feierabend GmbH in Germany who overhauled the cars Tachometer at the same time. All in all, it’s one of the best P6 interiors we’ve come across at Cathedral Classics and any new potential owner should be absolutely thrilled.
Engine & Transmission
Lifting the bonnet displays an immaculate engine bay which is dominated by a large Edelbrock air-filter assisting a re-condition V8 unit fitted during the cars comprehensive restoration. All the work was carried out by Rover P6 specialist M.H. Annable & Son Motor Engineers in Derby, England. Their 8 pages of hand written invoices from the period confirm their in-depth knowledge and attention to detail listing literally every item of work carried out, including costing. A re-conditioned 5 speed gearbox, new clutch and stainless steel exhaust are selected highlights from the comprehensive list of work undertaken, which is available upon request.