Here's my 3 litre MK1 from January 1959. Currently undergoing a full restoration. Otherwise Known as ‘Reggie’ . Exact date of manufacture: 21st January 1959.
Dispatched from the Solihull Warwickshire Rover factory to Rover dealer Henleys in London on 10th February 1959.
RHD home market model.
262 JPB is the oldest surviving Rover P5 3 litre with automatic transmission. Chassis number: 6309-00020 making it the 20th automatic model off the production line in January 1959.
Finished in ‘Smoke Grey’ & Burgundy cowhide leather interior.
Rare features not found on later cars such as slatted air vents on the dash board rather than the later eyeball vents, side-to-side pleats on the front bench seat, no front quarter lights, drum brakes all round and no power steering.
Known history: Bought s/h by 2nd owner Mr & Mrs Crew of Banstead, Surrey on 12th March 1962 from Cheam Motors for £1020 in p/ex for their 1959 Morris minor traveller at the agreed sum of £450. Mr and Mrs Crew then owned ‘Reggie’ for the next 22 years before selling him on the 13th December 1984.
The 3rd owner (unknown) kept the car for 16 years as his daily runabout.
The 4th owner was a Mr John Lamb of Scotland, who used it as part of his fleet of wedding cars before being then acquired by the Stondon Motor Museum in January 2010, where it was on show for many years as part of their collection of motor vehicles before being sold off at Brightwells auction, as the museum closed down in 2012 due to lack of funding