Before I was born my Dad got hold of a very old Rover (he is a fan of old Rovers) and it sat in the garage for a while. We built a new garage around the rover and as we finished the door (I think I was just coming to the end of 2nd Year University) Dad removed the tatty tarpaulin. As it had been sitting for so long I felt a little sorry for it so decided that I would take over the renovation.
This Rover was built in 1934, the model is known as the P2 although it was never marketed that way. The post-war body shape was sold as the P3 and the P4, P5 and P6 followed through the years so this one was retrospectively named the P2. This particular car is the Fourteen Sports Saloon, the fourteen referring to the 14 horsepower available to the driver (about 48bhp by today’s standards) “Sports Saloon” refers to the sporty coachwork. A few hundred were built and there are now only 2 on the road. This is the only one I know of in this state but I am sure there are others. There was also a Twelve and Sixteen in the range which share components so parts availability is ok.
The steel chassis is in pretty good condition, as is the aluminium body. The mahogany frame is rotten in places. The engine is totally seized. Lucky I have a spare engine, gearbox, steering column and ignition coil. The floor is pretty much non-existent and the fabric roof has completely rotted away. I have a frame for the sliding roof but no idea how it attaches/works.
It is a big job and will be a great challenge. I just need to find the time to really get my teeth stuck into it.