1927 Rover 16/50hp Doctor’s Coupé  Chassis no. 4696 Engine no. 4696

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Lot 11
1927 Rover 16/50hp Doctor’s Coupé
Registration no. DF 2826 Chassis no. 4696 Engine no. 4696

Sold for £ 7,480 (US$ 10,564) inc. premium
1927 Rover 16/50hp Doctor’s Coupé
Registration no. DF 2826
Chassis no. 4696
Engine no. 4696

Footnotes

  • ‘The handsome 16/50 Doctor’s Coupé of 1927 illustrated the direction Rover was taking. It reflected the market Rover would make its own, and even though it was one of the heaviest Rovers ever, it carried the reassurance of a car built to last. It was designed to appeal to reputable members of the community, professional opinion-formers, in this case doctors.
    ‘It was a car with doors that closed with the convincing clunk of a railway carriage, interiors trimmed with wood and leather, and an instrument panel with clear clock-faces. It had furnishings that looked like those in a doctor’s sitting room or even a consulting room, door cappings with fine inlays, and door pockets with leather flaps like giant tobacco pouches. The Doctor’s Coupé was a car for strong men in plus-four tweed who preferred things built to last.’ – Eric Dymock, Rover: The First Ninety Years.
    The car offered here – ‘DF 2826’ – is the actual one illustrated in Eric Dymock’s book (page 51). Its accompanying old-style logbook shows three owners: Rover Co Ltd (1972), Leyland Historic Vehicles Ltd (1976) and finally BL Heritage Ltd (no date). Also included in the file is a letter from Cyril Pritchard explaining the circumstances of the car’s purchase and restoration. Not operated for ten years, ‘DF 2826’ is reported as in generally good condition although in need of re-commissioning. The vehicle possesses a Swansea V5 registration document.
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