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More tea, Vicar? – 1962 Rover P4 100 Saloon

Antti Kautonen May 8, 2013 Nostalgia, Old Car Reviews 9 Comments

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This acquaintance was one of the quicker ones, even if the car is one of the slower ones. The 1962 Rover P4 100 you see here belongs to a fellow auto enthusiast from the region, Pertti. He also drives a ’90s Cadillac Seville, and the Rover serves as a summertime car.

Pertti let me take a quick look at the Rover, which in turn had let out a little bit of coolant on the asphalt. Such are 50-year-old cars.

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The Viking atop the grille is one of my favorite automotive decorations. The car also bears a bunch of car club emblems.

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The interior is a special place to be. You sit upright, there’s a smell of.. old England in there, the steering wheel is finger-thin and the ambience is really something. The radio is a period-correct, Finnish Salora unit, and the car is originally a Finnish-registered vehicle. It also used to belong to a priest or a vicar, which totally fits the picture. My Reebok sneakers do not.

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The leather has patinated beautifully. Pertti says he should fix the wood on the dashboard a little, and is considering at least a partial repaint for the bodywork, but the Rover looks fine as it is. The clock had stopped sometime in the past.

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The engine in the Rover 100 is a 2.6-litre straight six, with 83 bhp. It was claimed to be able to reach 100mph.

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The slight coolant leak will be fixed in good time, says Pertti. He’s also considering selling the Rover, but that’s not a pressing matter. He says he’d take 6000 for it, which for a nice, straight 1962 Rover in working condition is a fair price in my opinion. I was instantly charmed by the motor car, and it would be just the best thing for weekend motoring around the region.

[Images: Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]

  • Rover 1

    The poor thing, that's not a leak. Like all faithful old English cars, it's just marking it's territory.

    • Van_Sarockin

      I'm sure that's just a random fluid stain. Totally unrelated. Maybe the remains of the afternoon cuppa. The Rover just naturally gravitated to that spot to help give it some privacy and peer support.

  • Fleetwoodie

    Good article on a car I've never heard of. Thanks for not writing in the first person. 🙂

  • dukeisduke

    What's the turquoise car in the background (parked against the building)? An old Taunus, or some kind of Opel?

    • Opel Kapitän if memory serves.

    • Van_Sarockin

      He'll, what's that abysmal convertible? I've seen starving horses that looked better.

  • Robert knowles

    I grew up with these cars, Rover 50, 75, 95 and then the 100. Great car, reserve petrol switch . My mom could never see over the top and would always drive in 3rd, actually it could pull in 3rd . Ours was a right hand drive and they were very popular in the islands. What a wonderful tank like car. Thanks for the foto

  • Robert knowles

    Also, remember as a kid being with my,parents, picking a new one up on the docks of Southampton, UK, and then dad driving it off , a brand spanking new Rover . That way so cool as a kid.

  • Timo Saarikko

    Hyvin säilynyt, omistin kyseisen auton 80-90 luvun taitteessa.
    Timo S.