Rover P5 Coupe parts car update

My old Rover P5 Coupe parts car is almost completely dismantled. It is being parted out to aid in the restoration of three other coupes. These coupes are in much better condition but needed certain parts to return to the road. Last I saw the car there were still key parts on it, but all that is left is the engine and transmission.

The car is now in a rather sorry state. It was never in great condition, but it did make the drive back from Canberra to Sydney after the Flynn auction. Not bad for such a cheap […]

Rover parts car – my old P5

My old Rover P5 Coupe is being stripped for parts. This is not a bad thing as it is ensuring that three more Rover P5 Coupe restorations can be completed and three cars put back on the road. I purchased the car from the Flynn collection auction for only $230. Nevertheless, the car managed to drive from Canberra back to Sydney. The drive train was ok, but the sills were like swiss cheese and the floors were not great either. The interior was both badly sun and water damaged too

The new owner is a friend of mine who is […]

Last drive of my $230 Rover P5 Coupe

I am no longer the owner of a Rover P5 Coupe. The car was really too far gone to practically save it. It needed pretty much everything. Instead, I found a new owner that is going to use it for spares to get three Rover P5 Coupe’s in much better condition back on the road. I wouldn’t normally like to see such a rare car get scrapped, but breaking one car in poor condition to save three is worth it.

I took the car on what is more than likely its very last drive on public roads. A 50km run […]

P5 Coupe – Further evaluation

I spent some time yesterday examining the P5 Coupe I purchased from the Flynn Action in a little more detail. Like a lot of the Flynn cars it has received a lot of mechanical attention over the years. It is clear that little to no effort was spent on the body or cosmetics.

One feature unique to the P5 over the P5B is that it has provision for a starting handle. I’ve never started a car using a starting handle, despite having two so equipped. (The DS and the Traction). Even though the car was cold and had not run […]

The Flynn Collection Auction

Friday and Saturday the Flynn collection was Auctioned off. There were over 130 running cars for sale on the friday night and then the Saturday morning consisted of the parts and some non-runners. Nearly all of them were Rovers.

There was a fair amount of interest right around Australia and the Auctioneers did a good job of generating excitement. Therefore the earlier and better lots sold for good prices and in my view probably above market. The later lots that were in poor condition or basically parts cars sold for next to nothing. Most of the cars were registered previously […]

Rover P5 cheap car challenge

The Rover P5 Coupe beat the odds and successfully completed the 320KM trip between Canberra and my workshop. Unlike the Top Gear team, I did not have a support car and mechanics to help along the way. I simply had the rover toolkit (plus a few screwdrivers which were missing), a couple of liters of oil and coolant, and a some radiator hoses I bought at SCA that look like they could have been cut down to fit the rover if needed.

The worst mishap I faced was the boot lid coming open along the way – my worries I […]

First drive of the Rover P5 MKII Coupe

This morning I got to drive my new Rover P5 for the first time. Initially it wasn’t promising as the car would not start. But it turns out that it was just out of fuel.

The auction people put in a few litres and it started right up. It seemed to settle down into a smooth idle and it wasn’t smoking when given a few revs. The mechanic who had worked for the old Dr said that the car was previously registered and the engine and gearbox seemed in good health, although the car was not driven a whole […]

The $230 Rover P5 MKII Coupe

The Flynn collection was auctioned off today and I ended up with a car. It is a 1965 Rover P5 MKII Coupe. That sounds great as Rover P5 Coupes are lovely cars. As it is a 1965 model, it is a a MKIIC, which many regard as the most desirable of the 6’s.

This car is equipped with the 3 liter six. Most collectors prefer the 8, but the six has its fans due to its refinement. It is much smoother, and some would regard more in character with the car. The sixes were also built when Rover was an […]