1946 Rover 12

Sports Saloon


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- Entered from a private Irish collection

- Older restoration in good overall condition

- Elegant four-light, sports saloon coachwork

Unveiled in 1937, the Rover P2 range comprised 10, 12, 14, 16 and 20hp models. Benefiting from a stiffer chassis and rod-operated drum brakes, the newcomers were widely praised by the contemporary press for their quality, looks and performance. Powered by a 1496cc OHV four-cylinder engine allied to four-speed manual transmission, the 12hp variant was credited with a nigh on 70mph top speed. Available in either 6-light Saloon or 4-Light Sports Saloon guises, a Tourer variant was added when production recommenced after WW2. Some 11,786 P2 12hp cars were made up until September 1939 and another 4,840 between 1946 and 1948.

First registered in West Ham (or so its 'BJD 117' number plate would imply), little is otherwise known about the early history of this handsome 4-Light Sports Saloon. Belonging to David Whitehouse of Malton, North Yorkshire by August 1985, the Rover was sold to Michael Cayley Esq. of Sale, Cheshire some five years later. Mr Cayley is presumed to have carried out various restoration works before selling the 12hp to Clive Richardson Esq. of Welshpool in September 2008. As well as fitting a stainless steel exhaust, Mr Richardson paid attention to the car's steering box, brakes, shock absorbers and headlamps reflectors etc sourcing various parts from Meteor Spares Service Ltd of Nottinghamshire in the process. The Sports Saloon's last keeper prior to entering the current ownership was Jodie Green Esq. of Ely, Cambs. The most recent MOT certificate on file was issued during December 2010 since when the Rover appears to have covered some 700 miles. Presenting as an older restoration, the 12hp appears to pleasingly retain its original Brown leather upholstery and carries a supplier's plaque for Grose Ltd of Northampton to its dashboard. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document and assorted invoices.

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