1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524

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Lot 563
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer

Sold for £ 23,000 (US$ 31,078) inc. premium
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer
Registration no. AJ 498
Chassis no. 1524
*First owned by Sir Francis Samuelson
*Completely original
*Sympathetically restored
*Complete and superb provenance
*Eligible for VCC events

Footnotes

  • 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.

    This 6hp Rover was purchased for Sir Francis Samuelson by his father as a Christmas present in 1906. In 1908 he set out on a tour of France in the Rover, recording the events in a diary that gives a fascinating insight into what motoring was like in those pioneering days. He replaced the car in 1909 with a similar model, and at that point began his successful motor racing career. Sir Francis raced at Le Mans, Spa, Nürburgring, etc over a lengthy period and in many different cars. A four-page article covering his career features in the April 1963 edition of Motor Sport magazine (copy on file).

    Sir Francis lost track of the little Rover, but in 1950 saw an advertisement in Autocar magazine and wrote to the seller in Preston (reply on file). The reply suggested that it might have been Sir Francis' old car. He agreed to purchase the Rover, which was delivered to his house in Sussex.

    The car had a few familiar features, which Sir Francis recognised, and he wrote to the local vehicle licensing office to enquire whom the original owner was (copies of letters on file). To his surprise it was confirmed that he had indeed bought back his Christmas present from 1906! He kept the car until his death in 1981 when it passed to his son, from whom the vendor bought it via Terrence Moreley. The vendor has since carried out a very sympathetic restoration.

    The large history file contains numerous hand-written letters from former keepers; DVLA correspondence; material and newspaper cuttings relating to Sir Francis Samuelson's career; and the aforementioned 1908 motoring diary.
    A very original and unmolested car, this charming early Rover is ideal for Veteran Car Cub events, the popular 'Creepy Crawly' in particular.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the cherished registration number AJ 498 is included in this lot.
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1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
1906 Rover 6hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1524
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