1970 Rover 3½-Litre 4x4 Coupé 'Strange Rover' by Overfinch
Registration no. AJB 822J
Chassis no. 84504872
- Since going to press it has been confirmed that this vehicle was indeed commissioned by Mr Nick Ashley. However, the transmission consists of an up-rated Range Rover ZF four-speed automatic gearbox and an Overfinch/Ferguson Formula transfer gearbox, and not as stated in the catalogue (see Overfinch specification sheet on file). Tested by 'Thoroughbred and Classic Cars' magazine in their June 1995 issue (copy article available) the Strange Rover was credited with Bentley Turbo performance, reaching 60mph in 6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 140mph. This type of work and performance did not come cheap, Ashley having lavished a sum in excess of £50,000 (plus VAT) on the project in 1991/92. Invoices and correspondence between Ashley and Overfinch are in the accompanying document file.
Following Nick Ashley's sale of the vehicle in 1997, it appears to have had a further four owners before being purchased by the vendor in 2011. Originally intending to re-commission and refresh it, he finds he now has too many projects so the Strange Rover has to find another home. There is a large file of documents with the car containing the aforementioned invoices and correspondence, various copy articles, sundry paperwork, old MoTs and some photographs of the construction. The vehicle also has a current V5C.