i will ask for the Heritage certificate, but there's some things I don't understand well (never forget I'm French) can you help filling the form?
Make of Vehicle : ROVER Model : P5B Coupé Car / Chassis Number : my chassis n° Certificate to be issued to : me Other Numbers : What is it? Engine n°? Date of First Registration : Is it the date of sale on the Passport to service? Registration Mark : registration number? Any other information : What can I say?
Thank you for your help. On the Passport to service, there's the name of the first owner followed by "ESQ." What does it mean?
Post by Roy of the Rovers on May 26, 2010 15:41:58 GMT
Cyf, thankyou, that is very helpful.
My sunroof switch is the same as yours but it is placed to the right of the gear lever on the centre console next to the driver. (Right hand drive). I always thought a chrome switch would look much nicer but I could never find a suitable one! Roy
Post by Roy of the Rovers on Jun 14, 2010 11:59:32 GMT
Cyf, you're not going to believe it but I found the cover in your photo! I'm very pleased as I assumed it was lost but I found it in the bottom of a box of parts that came from the previous owner of the car. One of the clips is broken off so I need to fix that but at least I can replace it.
When I am brave enough I need to remove the sunroof to improve how it fits and repair a small tear in the headlining on the sunroof panel.
I help run the south east rover rally and we held it yesterday, there was another car there (PAT ***F) 1968 coupe with a manual version of the metal sunroof. So now we know another one!
Post by Roy of the Rovers on Jun 14, 2010 15:21:13 GMT
Hi Glenn, it used to belong to Bob who was one of our members (and still helps out at the rally each year) but the name of the person who bought it escapes me. I'll have a chat with Bob and find out as it would be good to compare notes!
Roy's comments are interesting,as I had always thought that sliding steel roofs (or rooves as used to be!) were generally factory fitted (all makes). I know that specialists could fit them, but I would have thought they were few and far between. Has anybody got one of the options lists from the early 70's, as, IIRC, they were listed as 'factory fit' options, not dealer fit.
The switch in the photo above does look like the ones that were originally fitted.
I would be tempted to say the steel roof is an original fitting. Many cars, of all makes, were later (ie. after initial registration), fitted with webasto type folding roof, or the later glass type tilting/lift out roof, but I haven't come across a car retro-fitted witha steel sliding roof.
Edited: Just realised that I posted this when I was at bottom of page 1, without realising that it was an older post that went on to page 3. So, a bit out of context!
Post by Roy of the Rovers on Jun 8, 2012 11:23:14 GMT
Hi Cyf, I have no way of closing the roof. It does not mean that there wasnt some kind of winding handle originally, maybe there was and previous owners lost them? I always carry spare fuses for the motor to be safe! I will try and remember to check the history of my car again when I get home. The Rover P5 and P5b James Taylor book has a section on sunroofed cars (where mine was used for reference). I will have another look at that.
Post by Roy of the Rovers on Jun 21, 2012 15:33:11 GMT
I had a look in the history of my car and found some information regarding the sunroof. The first owner of my car was Rover and it was designated on the Heritage certificate as a show car. After a few months the owner was changed to a garage- I dont have the name here but I think it was linked to Rover in some way. Whilst at the garage a dozen or so cars were selected to be experimentally fitted with the Hollandia metal sunroof. Hollandia came to the garage and fitted them, some were electric, some were manual and P5s and P6s had them fitted. The information is not fully known and James Taylor was trying to research if there was a definitive list of cars. There isn't.
So that explains the quality of the fit, it was done by the Hollandia people themselves in what effectively could be called a dealership. It also explains why the information does not appear on the heritage certificate as it was retrofitted in a dealership at Rovers or the dealers request. The cars were then sold off.
Mine really needs a new rubber surround, I wish I could get one!