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Rover P5 Saloon MkIII

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Lot number 91
Hammer value N/S
Description Rover P5 Saloon MkIII
Registration LPK 77D
Year 1966
Colour Yellow Ochre/Black
Engine size 3,000 cc

Launched in 1958, the P5 Saloon marked a new departure for Rover as it employed a monocoque construction rather than the separate chassis of the old P4. Considerably larger and more stately than the P4, it immediately became the car of choice for company chairmen, politicians and the military top-brass.

Commonly known as the Rover 3-Litre, it was powered by a beautifully smooth 2,995cc straight-six engine that grew in power from around 100bhp in the first models to 134bhp in the Mk III of 1965. The suspension also improved as time went on, as did the brakes (discs at the front) and interior with reclining seats in the front and individual seats in the rear. The seats are widely regarded as amongst the most comfortable ever fitted to any car and were famously used by Ron Arad to create the Rover Chair in 1981.

Dating from 1966, this particular MkIII has had just one owner from new. An automatic model, it was fitted with a brand new Rover 3-Litre engine less than 35,000 miles ago. Resprayed in 1980, it has a fresh MOT and is is said to be in fair condition throughout.

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