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The Rover P4 was introduced in 1949, and went on to win the endearing nickname of “Auntie” for its reliability, comfort and other admirable qualities. Several different models, named generally for their horsepower rating, were built on the P4 platform. One of the most popular, the Rover 90, came along in 1954, with a larger, 2,638cc version of the oh-so-smooth, inlet-over-exhaust straight-six. This 1959 Rover 90 for sale on Hemmings.com is a right-hand-drive car, and has a four-speed gearbox with overdrive, a desirable option. It’s got all the fine leather, woodwork and wool carpets you’d expect from a proper British saloon. From the seller’s description:
Unveiled to great enthusiasm at the 1949 Earls Court Motor Show, the Rover P4 was another brainchild of Spencer and Maurice Wilks. Heavily influenced in stylistic terms by the Raymond Loewy penned Studebaker Champion, its transatlantic lines clothed a highly competent chassis equipped with independent coil and wishbone front suspension and a Panhard rod located leaf-sprung rear axle. The 90 series was introduced in 1954. Powered by an enlarged 2638cc version of the outgoing 75 series OISE straight-six engine allied to a four-speed manual transmission, it was capable of circa 90mph (depending upon the rear axle ratio chosen). The 90 series remained in production until 1959 by which time some 35,891 had been made.
Exterior paint finished best described as a greyish green color (currently researching correct factory color name) complemented by a matching interior. We understand that it is a very common color to Rover cars from this period.
It is equipped with an inline 6-cylinder engine with a single SU carburetor coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission with optional Laycock de Normanville overdrive. Rear suicide doors, real wood accents throughout the interior, fold-down center armrests, are all nice standard amenities found on premium British cars from the era. A complete factory tool tray hides under the dashboard. It has adjustable armrests on the doors, two gloveboxes, along with a swivel out ashtray receiver. The original wool headliner is still in place. It has period correct front & rear lap belts with front seat retractable 3-point shoulder belt.
Mechanical condition is outstanding. Odometer reads 62K miles believed to be actual. With the exception of one quality paint re-spray & seat upholstery done to the original pattern, this P4 is 100 percent original. There is no evidence of rust on body or undercarriage. Panel fit & gaps are exceptional. The engine instantly fires up when you push the button on the dashboard. A great sounding exhaust system roars to life. The 4-speed manual transmission shifts effortlessly. Steering & suspension are tight. The glass is all original & in excellent condition. The trunk compartment is all original & shows well.
If you’re a British car enthusiast, you will love this car. When was the last time you saw one, let alone this nice & original? You must see & drive to fully appreciate.
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