1906 Rover Open Tourer,
Lot 423
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer 891
Sold for £6,900 (US$ 11,590) inc. premium
Lot Details
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer
Registration no. P 6496
Chassis no. 891
Engine no. 365 (891)


  • What would eventually become the Rover company began by manufacturing one of the landmark designs in the history of human transportation – John Kemp Starley’s ‘Safety Bicycle’. The firm’s first venture into powered transportation, an electrically powered tricycle, came in 1888 but it would be another 16 years, by which time its founder had died, before the Rover Cycle Company began experimenting with the internal combustion engine. Designer Edmund Lewis was recruited from Daimler and drew up Rover’s first series-production automobile, an 8hp single-cylinder car with aluminium backbone frame, an adventurous design that despite its shortcomings remained in production until 1912. Lewis followed up with a more conventional 6hp single-cylinder model, which earned itself the distinction of being Rover’s first entered in any competition, in this case the Bexhill Speed Trials of 1902.
    An example of the wire-wheeled, 100-guinea model, this 6hp Rover was purchased by the vendor from a Barnsley garage owner in 1957 and has remained in substantially the same condition ever since. We are advised that some work has been done to the nearside front chassis members, which had warped, and that the rear axle has received professional attention and the seat cushion been renewed in Connolly leather. A Zenith carburettor is the only listed deviation from factory specification. Its restoration yet to be completed, the vehicle is sold strictly as viewed and comes with old-style logbook and Swansea V5 document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this lot is offered with the following parts: Rover trembler coil in a wooden box Zenith carburettor with induction pipe Hub caps and cap spanner Radiator and radiator cap Front exhaust pipe Engine sump Four Mudguards Valves and valve springs Collets and cam followers Wooden door Water pump Starting handle Two grab handles for bodywork Some greasers, gaskets and ignition switches These are available for viewing please talk to a member of staff.