1909 Rover  Chassis no. 2029 Engine no. 2029

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Lot 336
1909 Rover
Registration no. UJ 7652 Chassis no. 2029 Engine no. 2029

Sold for £ 11,960 (US$ 14,951) inc. premium
1909 Rover
Registration no. UJ 7652
Chassis no. 2029
Engine no. 2029
Like so many pioneers in the motor car industry, Rover graduated from cycle and motorcycle manufacture to car production, their first four-wheeler appearing in 1904, a conventional 8hp car with vertically-mounted, single-cylinder, water-cooled, 8hp engine. Strangely this model was considered too powerful, perhaps for the novice motorist, and a 6hp option was soon added to the range which, in ‘economy’ form was offered at just £100 guineas. The car’s simplicity, with its ash and steel flitch plate chassis, undoubtedly contributed to its early popularity and Rover’s robust little single cylinder models were to continue in production until 1912, by which time most other manufacturers had long since moved to multi-cylinder units.
This car came to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in 1981 from the then British Leyland Heritage Collection and it is known that it had previously been owned in the USA. It is attractively equipped with cape cart-style hood and two-piece folding windscreen, both optional extras and luxuries in their day. The car has brass fittings throughout and is furnished with a bulb horn, oil side lamps and a side-mounted spare. A relatively commodious boot provides good storage and a luggage carrying platform. The car is smartly presented in dark green livery with varnished wooden wheels and black leather upholstery. The coachwork has been rebuilt at some stage with new timbers fitted. This attractive Edwardian, eligible for the increasingly popular ‘singles and twins’ events organised by the Veteran Car Club has been officially dated by that organisation. It is offered with a Swansea V5 registration document and old style log book. Following a period of museum display, careful recommissioning will be advisable before active use.
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