Classic Van Auction Talk

Monday 12 November 2018

1958 ROVER P4 105R - HISTORICS AUCTIONS THE WINTER SALE Mercedes Benz World Brooklands Dr, Weybridge KT13 0SL Saturday 24th November 2018


Mercedes Benz World
Brooklands Dr, Weybridge KT13 0SL
Saturday 24th November 2018

1958 ROVER P4 105R
Registration #: VGH 972
Chassis #:615800579
Engine #: 615800718

  • Lovely green leather and African walnut interior
  • Excellent coachwork, paint, and chrome
The all-new, post-war Rover appeared during the autumn of 1949 and became one of the most readily recognised and fondly remembered cars of the era, the stately P4 with its column gearshift and 'gentlemen's club' interior would prove an immense success for the Solihull firm, remaining in production until 1964. The pinnacle of the range, offered by Rover, was the 'R' and 'S' models that boasted the most powerful and easily topped the magic 100mph. Introduced in 1956, the P4 105R and P4 105S had a high compression cylinder head and twin SU carburetors that boosted power to a very respectable 108bhp. The 'R' and 'S' designations referred to their transmissions, the 105R featured a Roverdrive automatic transmission while the 105S had a four-speed manual with overdrive. Both were luxuriously equipped and, are in high demand amongst marque fans.

This Rover P4 105R was first registered in south-west London during 1958 and was purchased by the current P4 enthusiast/owner in the spring of 2016 with a view of carrying out sympathetic aesthetic improvements/restoration. Today, this Rover 105R presents very well; its coachwork, finished in Sage Green, are all in excellent order and is complemented by the, also excellent, homework. The interior boasts a lovely green leather and African walnut woodwork, both having been lightly restored that results in an office that certainly invites you in. A set of ‘Quick Fit’ (the highly respected specialists in classic car passenger restraints) seat belts compliments the leather whilst, for the modern-day user, a satellite navigation connection is fitted. Other works have included a new torque converter, battery, four radial tyres, replacement steering wheel, and four new door rubbers. A large history file accompanies this Rover and includes all the supporting invoices, a Rover P4 Guild archivist record of owners (back to 1983), a letter from Rover to potential P4 customers and a UK V5 registration document. Rover motor cars of this period are considered to be built to a quality akin to other quality marques such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Take a look at this fine and, we believe, gorgeous example, and we think you may agree.


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