Diary Of A 1968 Rover P5B Coupe, BGU 122G

I bought this car on 29th March 2014, having always loved the shape of the Rover P5 and P5B, especially the Coupe. I’ve owned classic cars since I was 17 – my very first car was a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 3 (which I never got to drive), then I had numerous Beetles, and two Alfa 105 Guilia Coupes, so I wasn’t completely clueless when buying the P5B. When I viewed the car it was a long-way from perfect, having had very little use for the last 20 years apart from trips to the MOT station. The car averaged only 90 miles per year over that period.

I won’t say how much I paid for the car, but with hindsight I overpaid. Well, that’s part of the ‘fun’ of buying classic cars, especially when you’re relatively new to a particular model. That’s also partly what prompted me to write a comprehensive Buyers Guide.

Whilst most things worked, and the car was usable and roadworthy (just), almost every system was corroded, seized, poorly maintained or else just untouched over this period. There is also some rust, but nothing that can’t be fixed. So I drove the car for a year, then took it off the road to renovate / re-condition it properly. Restoration would be an overstatement – I want the car to be reliable, original and presentable, but not too perfect that I worry about driving it. So thats the journey I’m on, and will be for as long as I keep the car (which is probably a long time – I’ve owned an Alfa 105 coupe since 2003, so you can see I don’t like selling cars).

The Rover P5 and Rover P5B are simple by modern standards but relatively complex compared to other cars of the period. But they’re also effectively hand-built, so many parts can be disassembled, remade or reconditioned. Let’s get going…

Rover 3½ Litre Brochure 1968

RichardAug 1, 1968

Rover Brochure Rover 3½ Litre Brochure, August 1968 1969 model year. 18 pages, larger than A4, landscape, full colour, stapled.

Rover 3½ Litre Brochure 1968. A beautiful brochure for the P5B…

Rover 3.5 Litre Literature Pack 1968

RichardAug 1, 1968

Literature Pack Rover 3.5 Litre, August 1968 A ‘Literature Pack’ was supplied with every new Rover. The 3.5 Litre was supplied with a plastic wallet that contained the following items: Owner’s…

Rover Brochure 1968

RichardAug 1, 1968

Rover Brochure Rover, August 1968 Rover Brochure 1968. 1969 model year. 16 pages, A4, portrait, full colour, stapled.

After it’s brief spell in the limelight the previous year, the…

The Times, 21 March 1968 : 1-Model US Drive By B.M.C.

RichardMar 21, 1968

1-Model US Drive By BMC By GEOFFREY CHARLES, Motoring Correspondent A concerted, one-model assault is to be launched on the United States car market today by the British Motor Corporation,…

The Times, 28 February 1968 : Creative Role For Issigonis In B.M.C. Board Switch

RichardFeb 28, 1968

Creative Role For Issigonis In B.M.C. Board Switch By GEOFFREY CHARLES, Motoring Correspondent A high-level reshuffle of B.M.C. directors’ areas of responsibility was announced yesterday as part of a streamlining…

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