This beautiful Rover P5B Coupe is available for a negotiated sale around £11,995 which is in the middle of our estimate range. Visit TradeClassics.com to see the full details of the car including videos of it running and over 300 images. https://www.tradeclassics.com/auctions/rover/1970-rover-p5b-coupe/ EXTERIOR The car has a real wow factor even today when you see it. The paintwork is absolutely lovely to look at, and I was really surprised to see how good the brightwork looked too for a car of this age, testament to how Peter has cared for the car. Wheels & Tyres Featuring the very American and of the era, Rostyle wheels, they set the car off well. The wheels looked to be in good condition, and tyres looked to be in order too, as documented in the media. The rear offside wheel is missing its Rover centre-cap, all others being present. Bodywork The bodywork on this P5B presented itself in good condition. The video media we have included covers every panel, and there was only one small spot of bubbling noticed, this is on the boot on the offside corner nearest the windscreen. The video under the car also shows the car to be in good condition. Paint With the quality and finish of paint on the car, Peter assumed that the car has been restored at some point in its life. The blue paint across the car looks deep and not faded in the slightest. Peter has looked after the car by waxing and polishing and this shows in the clear reflective properties too. There are a couple of areas where in the past doors and boots have met on the inner bodywork and the paint has been removed, these are documented in the video review and are not visible externally. Glass and Trim The glass, trim and brightwork all look in good condition. There are a number of areas on the car where it seems clear that rubber seals have been replaced and treated as they look very fresh. The brightwork across the car is particularly striking, and there is very little pitting present that you would expect. The nearside front passenger door window rubber has perished somewhat, and has visible cracking as documented in the video, all others appeared in good order. INTERIOR Interior on this car presents itself in original condition. Unlike the exterior, the interior does not appear to have been restored, but it is still a very nice cabin and shows some nice patina. Seats and Carpets The seats show a nice patina across the car, but could be brought up to a better standard with the right treatment. The seat bolsters and cushioning are all in good order. The carpets look original and a little tatty in certain areas where they have been caught. The front seat belts have covers attached to them which has worn over time, although the seatbelts themselves are in good order as expected with the car passing its MOT. Dashboard The dash and woodwork in the car looks very rich in colour. It has really held its own compared to the patina shown on the seats. There is no cracking in the dash, and the car features a neat little tool kit which is accessible from a tray in front of the gear lever. Steering Wheel / Gear Stick A lovely steering wheel wearing the Rover emblem with pride, and thin inner horn ring put you in control of the car. The automatic gearbox is controlled via the central console, and this presents itself in good order, with the gear selection indicator clearly visible. MECHANICS I went on a short drive with Peter around the local area to observe how the car handled from a passenger perspective. You can see the video along with a cold start in the media provided, and the detail below. Engine and Gearbox The car started first time on all occasions I was present, and idled smoothly. There was no smoke to worry about coming from the exhaust on start up or after a run. The car went through its gears without issue, including reverse. As mentioned in the video, when cold the change of 1st gear up to 2nd had a noticeable jump, as you would expect for a car of this age. Suspension and Brakes The short run took us through the village which included a number of speed bumps. The car handled these well and no knocks or rattles were observed. As described and detailed in the video the ride was comfortable both through the town and on a dual carriageway at speed. The Drive Both through the village and on the fast road at speed, the car pulled well along with going through its gears without issue on the run. Electrics and Other Peter has reported that everything works as it should do, although he has never tried to use the period radio that is present in the car, preferring to listen the sound of the V8 in the cosseted environment of the cabin.