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Thursday 22 August 2019

1952 Rover 75 Saloon - .BONHAMS AUCTIONS The Beaulieu SaleCollectors' Motor Cars & Motorcycles and Automobilia Saturday 7th September 2019 Beaulieu, National Motor Museum


The Beaulieu SaleCollectors' Motor Cars 
& Motorcycles and Automobilia
Saturday 7th September 2019
Beaulieu, National Motor Museum

The ex-'Siegfried Farnon', All Creatures Great and Small 

1952 Rover 75 Saloon
Registration no. 483 LHY
Chassis no. 24300550

"The Rover 75 and its derivatives were to prove that Spencer Wilks hadn't lost his touch by offering the traditional formula of Rover's good engineering with comfortable and discreet interior ... " - Jonathan Wood, The Enthusiast's Guide to British Postwar Classic Cars, Osprey, 1980. 
This handsome and decidedly upper-middle-class 1950s Rover 75 will be familiar to millions of TV viewers as that driven by vet Siegfried Farnon (played by actor Robert Hardy) in the BBC's popular series All Creatures Great and Small (1988-1990). During filming the Rover was registered 'GFC 529' having previously been registered 'RPJ 18'. A signed photograph of Robert Hardy – 'Best wishes to my old Rover' – is included in the sale. Interestingly, this Rover 75 was first owned by Harold Harrington Balfour, 1st Baron Balfour of Inchrye, a former WWI flying ace and politician who as Under Secretary of State for Air in 1944 was instrumental in the establishment of Heathrow Airport (see photocopied logbook on file). The previous owner purchased the Rover at Brooks' Earls Court auction in October 1991 (Lot 29). Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with the aforementioned documentation and a V5 registration document. 

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