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1975 Rover 3500S (P6) Ex-Hampshire Constabulary and Lord Mountbatten

Lot Number 360

1975 Rover 3500S (P6) Ex-Hampshire Constabulary and Lord Mountbatten

This P6 has led a remarkable life; ex-Hampshire Police, resplendent in Black as the official staff car of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, used by the Chairman of the County Council, abandoned in a piggery and finally sympathetically restored and back in uniform.

  • Sold for: £12,938

Bid online during our live auction or at The Saleroom.

LIVE AUCTION: Sunday 24th March | 12.00pm GMT
  • BODY COLOUR
    Police White
  • DRIVE
    RHD
  • Registration Number
    REG NUMBER
    HBK 875N
  • ODOMETER READING
    97121 Miles

SUMMARY

This P6 has led a remarkable life; ex-Hampshire Police, resplendent in Black as the official staff car of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, used by the Chairman of the County Council, abandoned in a piggery and finally sympathetically restored and back in uniform.

DESCRIPTION

  • In May 1975, this manual gearbox, 161bhp, V8-engined P6 3500S was supplied by Wadham Stringer in Southsea directly to Hampshire Constabulary in Winchester where it was prepared for duty as a high-speed patrol car
  • Apparently, when at motorway speeds with a fully, equipment-laden boot, the front of the car would tend to lift, leading to Rover developing a front 'splitter' which cured the problem and became a standard fitment
  • In 1978, the car was quietly requisitioned and became Earl Mountbatten of Burma's official staff car when he was in the Isle of Wight. For security reasons, it was registered to the local Fire Chief and it was repainted black at Mountbatten's request as he felt that was more fitting for official duties
  • After his unfortunate demise, the Rover was allocated to the County Council and continued to be used by the Chairman until eventually, in 1982, it was sold into private ownership
  • The Rover, still in black, changed hands several times, presumably with later owners having no idea of the car's remarkable history, until eventually it was found abandoned in a piggery in Eastleigh in the late 1990s with a tree growing through it
  • At this time, the car's restoration commenced, being treated to panels, a new engine, police equipment including the triangular roof box and of course being repainted in its original police uniform livery
  • Since its restoration, it's been a popular vehicle whilst on display at numerous shows and was also a cover car for Classic 999 Magazine's August 2004 edition
  • There is a vast amount of information about this important car, both before and after its discovery, and it's worth interested parties spending some time at our sale having a look at the Rover's fascinating history file

SPECIFICATION

Lot Number
360
Make
ROVER
Model
P6
Variant
3500 S
Registration Number
HBK 875N
MOT Expiry
Exempt
Chassis Number
48113398D
Engine Number
45104898A
Transmission
Manual
Body Colour
Police White

CCA VENDOR CONDITION REPORT

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Import Notes

UK supply original car

About the CCA Vendor Condition Report


A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review their condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. CCA will not entertain any disputes over vendor condition reports.

Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car

Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts

Good Everyday useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history

Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history

Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history

Due to venue restrictions, all vehicles must be collected on Monday 25th March between 9am and 2pm.

Any vehicles not collected by this time will be transported to a secure storage facility in Northampton by our transport partner EM Rogers, the charges for which are £175 plus VAT for removal and £10 plus VAT per day for storage. We will make contact on Sunday to confirm how you will be removing your vehicle(s). If we do not hear back by 9am on Monday morning, we will arrange collection with EM Rogers on your behalf.