Hooniverse Weekend Edition – A 1960 P4 Rover 100 Saloon

Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend Edition, continuing with our postings produced from the Other Makes category of eBay Motors, and look at this gem. This is a 1960 P4 Rover 100 Saloon that is currently residing in Central Point, Oregon. This is a glorious Saloon from the British Empire that you don’t see everyday, but is it glorious enough? According to the listing:

This cute little Rover is a beautifully made four-door saloon car with all the charm of yesteryear’s motoring elegance. The interior is trimmed in wood and leather. Other endearing features include the Shepherd’s Crook handbrake and the distinctive front grille complete with its famous Viking Ship badge. The Rover 100 was launched in 1960 to replace the earlier 90 model which had sold so well from when it first appeared in 1953. The new 6 cylinder 2625 cc engine of the 100 provided plenty of power and a top speed approaching 100 mph even though it had only a single carburetor. The Rover 100 was produced from 1960 to 1962 and during this period 16621 cars were built. The engine was a seven bearing, short stroke version of the 3 liter giving 2625cc developing 104 bhp. Servo assisted disc brakes appeared on the 100 and overdrive was a standard fitment with a 4.3 to 1 axle although the 3.9 to 1 ratio of the 90 was still available to special order. Top speed approached 100mph. Other detail changes inspired by the 3 liter included the dished wheels to accommodate the disc brakes and the rear axle was widened to maintain the track. The wheels are a distinctive feature of the model. The car still retained the strong chassis and coupled with rubber body mounts and generous soundproofing, the car was very smooth and silent for its day. Many enthusiasts consider the Rover 100 to be the pinnacle of P4 development. This car was repainted prior to my ownership. The paint is good and sound but there is some overspray visible on the post weather-stripping between the doors. The body has a couple of door dings but no dents or scratches that I can find. There is no rust or rust damage anywhere on the vehicle. New Naugahyde seat covers were custom made and installed over the original red leather seats by the original owner. I have not removed them and do not know the condition of the upholstery beneath. The car has had 3 owners and the original owner also painted the red carpeting black–I don’t know why?? Everything else is original. Some of the tools are missing out of the toolkit. We drive the car at least once a month and enjoy the attention the little Rover gets from everyone who sees it. We keep it covered and housed in our garage at all times. The Rover always starts immediately and purrs nicely down the road. There is a minimal oil leak from around the engine area so I keep a pan under the front end to prevent oil on the floor of the garage.

Ahh, it looks like this is an original British Car because of the leaking oil… Which brings me to an old joke that goes like this: Why doesn’t the British build Television Sets? Becuse they never found a way for them to leak oil! Bad joke aside, this car shows 84,900 miles, and the auction has a 4 days to go. The top bid so far is $2,275 with an unmet reserve. See the listing here, and tell me what you think this classic Rover will go for.

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