1907 Rover HP 6

Tourer

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1907
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    804
  • Engine number 
    A1328
  • Lot number 
    55179
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of doors 
    1
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Introduced in 1905, Rover's 6hp two-seater was only its second four-wheeler, as the company transitioned from the role of successful cycle and motorcycle manufacturer into the brave new world of motorcars. The newcomer featured a steel-reinforced wooden chassis suspended at either end by semi-elliptic leaf springs, and was powered by a water-cooled, single-cylinder, side-valve engine of 780cc. The unit drove through a three-speed manual gearbox (with column-mounted change) to the rear wheels. There was a pair of brakes - one operating on the rear wheels and the other on the transmission. Around 2,300 6hp Rovers were manufactured over seven years of production. Some 24 are believed to have survived - 18 of them in the UK, one of which is now for sale.

Finished in the eye-catching combination of Brunswick Green coachwork, Beige upholstery and Yellow artillery wheels, 'DU 1644' is a 1907 version, the first record of which concerns an undated photograph of an Edwardian couple embarking on their honeymoon. The car was apparently first restored in the early 1950s, following which it was authenticated by the Veteran Car Club and began participating in their events. Little is then known about it until recently, other than that it was treated to a second bout of refurbishment in the '90s and then recommissioned in 2013 following a long period of storage. Over the last two years it has benefited from new exhaust system, windscreen, front wheel bearings, kingpins, track rod ends, water pump housing, idler bearing, trembler coil and commutator, plus new old stock '40s Zenith carburettor (original specification ones are now unobtainable).

The vendor presently grades the bodywork, interior trim, engine and transmission as 'good' and the paintwork as 'average', and says the Rover 'drives very smoothly through the gears and cruises at c.20mph'. An ideal car for such VCC events as the 'Creepy Crawley Rally'.

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