Just to put the price into perspective, when we moved to a 3 bedroom ancient terraced cottage in the wilds of Lincolnshire in 1971, the house cost (UKP)3,000, and I received 10p per week pocket money. Average labourer's wage was around (UKP)20 per week.
Post by Phil Nottingham on Mar 30, 2016 18:47:07 GMT
The P5B Coupe was of course top of the Rover range (although BLMC downgraded it below the new flash Jag XJ6) and it was the Chairman of the Board's personal (company) car when he did not wish to be chauffeured around in the company Rolls Royce.
Out of the reach for most provincial mere Accountants, Bank managers and Solicitors who had to settle with MkIV Ford Zodiacs or Mk1 Ford Granada Ghia's as my boss had when I started work in 1974. More mature professionals stuck with their P5's P4's and Humber Hawks/Snipes
I was still at Grammar school when our newest P5B was registered in Jan 73. The deputy head was still driving his 1964 P4 110 (bought new though) and the French master his Mk1 P5 3 Litre auto with rusty back wings . The (old) Head Master had a brand new Renault 16TX in metallic black - all well below the price of a new Coupe.
Phil - 1964 P5-Coupe PMB***B & P5B-saloon LHO***L & other classic Rovers & Land-Rovers
One of the (then newly-qualified) masters had a new, certainly only a few months old if not brand new, P5B coupe when I started at my new school in 1970. It was one of the few with tinted windows and certainly looked more impressive than the other cars in the car park, ie Triumph Herald, Vauxhall Victor, 1100s, Minis and similar, but one 'foreign' car, which was a Porsche 356. The Head had a Viva and the Deputy an 1100, so not quite up to the same standard as their new appointee
Perhaps they were paying special introductory bonuses to new teachers even back then