1949 Rover 75 P3 Saloon. Regency Maroon with black wings and the lovely original grey leather upholstery which has a patina.
Rover's first new post-war offering, the P3 was very much an interim model and was only in production from February 1948 to the summer of 1949. It featured a new engine that had been in preparation since the late 1930s with overhead inlet and side exhaust valves and was made in two versions: the 60 had a four-cylinder unit of 1,595cc and the 75 had a six-cylinder version of 2,103cc. The gearbox and traditional Rover freewheel were kept unchanged from the previous model 12. Although the body was similar in styling to the Rover 12 and 16, many of the body panels were in fact new and despite having a wheelbase 4.5-inches shorter than the 16, the 75 was more roomy inside. Also new, and a first for a Rover, was independent front suspension but the brakes remained a hydraulic/mechanical hybrid system. Rather than having a complete chassis, the new frame, which was a box section, was stopped short of the rear axle and the rear semi-elliptic springs were attached to the body. This allowed the rear axle travel to be increased and an improved ride resulted.
This 1948 Rover car has a spotlamp and chrome windtone horns, wheel trims and radial tyres. With the 2.1 litre, six cylinder engine, the Rover will cruise at 50-60 mph all day. The history folder includes MOT certificates back to 1982 and the original Buff log book issued in August 1949 retaining the original reg no FFW 958. This Rover drives just as she should with a strong engine and a quiet gearbox and is ready to be enjoyed by her new owner. Absolutely any inspection is welcome and viewing is highly recommended. All major debit cards accepted. Fresh MOT upon sale. Part exchange welcome. Free U.K mainland delivery.