Red Rover: 1967 Rover P6 2000TC LHD 73K – Sold?

by | Dec 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Free For All Friday

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January 25, 2024, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

If you’re a longtime viewer of the British car show Wheeler Dealers, there’s a good chance you’ve learned about many classic rides produced in Great Britain that were exported in very limited numbers to the United States.  Rover’s P6 Executive Saloon is one of those cars produced from 1963 through 1977.  First offered with four-cylinder power when launched in 1963, the PC later gained V8 power when Rover added the Buick-designed 3.5 Liter aluminum V8 for the 1968 model year under British Leyland ownership.

People not knowledgeable about Rover’s model range often confuse the P6 with the older and larger P5 Saloon.  Produced from 1958 through 1973, the P5 first featured line-six power until 1967, when Rover launched the luxurious P5B featuring the 3.5 Liter V8. The Rover P5B was the understated choice for many of Great Britain’s leadership for many years. Several British Prime Ministers, including Margaret Thatcher, used one. Most famously, Queen Elizabeth II also used several Rover P5 cars for her private motoring. Rover never officially exported the right-hand-drive P5 to the U.S.

Unlike the P5, however, Rover actively exported left-hand-drive P6s to the Colonies. In the spring of 1966, Rover launched the Series I 2000TC. This P6 model featured a revised intake manifold fitted with twin S.U. carburetors not offered in the U.K. While these cars enjoy a cult-like following for their innovative engineering, the Rover P6 2000 TC never made much of a dent on these shores.  Consequently, it’s quite rare to find an export market left-hand-drive model offered for sale.

So rare, in fact, that this Burgandy Over Black 1967 Rover P6 TC2000 for sale, last spotted on Craigslist near Spokane, Washington, in December 2023, is the first example we’ve had the privilege of coming across on Craigslist.  The seller states, “This great little car has had but one owner since 1970…” so we wonder whether they are the original owner.  The car appears registered with a “67Rover” vanity plate, so chances are good the original owner is offering this Rover.  We stopped short of calling it a “Survivor,” as the seller notes their Rover received a repaint in the factory Burgundy color at some point.

Last offered for $12,750, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s six-month results for all Rover P6 variants produced between 1963 and 1977.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $8,950 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $13,450.

In the landscape of classic British automobiles, the 1967 Rover P6 2000 holds a distinct place, especially when considering the models exported to North America during that era. This particular iteration of the Rover P6 series is a captivating blend of British sophistication, advanced engineering, and a touch of European flair, making it a noteworthy presence on both sides of the Atlantic.

Under the hood, the 1967 Rover P6 2000, destined for North American markets, boasted a 2.0-liter inline-four engine. This powerplant, equipped with a single SU carburetor, balanced performance, and fuel efficiency, the latter of which wasn’t a crucial consideration for the North American market during the 1960s. The engine’s design incorporated overhead camshaft technology, showcasing Rover’s commitment to innovative engineering. While the power output was modest by today’s standards, the P6 2000 delivered a respectable performance, aligning with the driving preferences of the time.

From a design perspective, the Rover P6 2000 exuded a timeless elegance that appealed to the discerning tastes of North American consumers. The exterior featured clean lines and a well-proportioned silhouette, a testament to the design sensibilities of David Bache, Rover’s chief designer. The North American versions of the P6 2000 often adhered to safety and emission standards prevalent in the region, leading to modifications such as distinctive quad headlights and side marker lights. These adaptations met regulatory requirements and added a unique aesthetic touch to the car’s appearance.

The 1967 Rover P6 2000 interior continued to showcase the brand’s commitment to luxury and comfort. The cabin provided a refined space adorned with quality materials and attention to detail. Plush seating, ergonomic controls, and a thoughtfully arranged dashboard contributed to a sophisticated driving experience. For North American models, certain adaptations were made to meet local standards, including safety features such as seatbelts and additional padding.

One of the notable features of the Rover P6 2000 exported to North America was its advanced suspension system. The P6 series introduced the “De Dion” suspension, a technological marvel that combined the benefits of independent rear suspension with the stability of a live rear axle. This feature and disc brakes on all four wheels contributed to a smooth and composed ride, enhancing both comfort and handling – factors that resonated well with North American drivers.

The 1967 Rover P6 2000, tailored for North America, also reflected an evolving automotive landscape. Stricter emissions regulations prompted modifications to the engine and exhaust systems to comply with environmental standards of the time. While these adjustments impacted performance to some extent, they underscored Rover’s adaptability and commitment to meeting regional requirements without compromising the essence of the driving experience.

Regarding market reception, the Rover P6 2000 found a niche among North American consumers who appreciated its unique blend of British charm and advanced features. The car’s distinctive design, comfortable interior, and innovative engineering set it apart in a market that was witnessing a shift towards more performance-oriented vehicles.

The 1967 Rover P6 2000 exported to North America represents a fascinating chapter in the history of British automotive exports. Its blend of elegance, advanced engineering, and adaptability to regional standards made it a compelling choice for North American drivers seeking a touch of European sophistication. The P6 2000 remains a classic icon that transcends borders, embodying an era when automotive design and technology were evolving in response to the diverse preferences of global markets.

The FuriousDriving YouTube Channel features this modern point of view “(POV”) test drive of a right-hand-drive Rover 2000:

In addition to the seller mentioning the peeling roof paint, this 1967 Rover P6 2000 features what appears to be its original carpets that have faded from tan to an odd shade of green.  While we appreciate originality, no one will fault you for replacing the carpets in what is otherwise a like-new-looking interior.

If you are serious about buying this P6 2000 TC, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Rover featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“The Queen drove a Rover!
Rare? Particularly rare here in the States is this wonderful little 1967 Rover TC2000. Finished in its original burgundy over black. This great little car has had only one owner since 1970 and has driven only 73,000 miles. The car has seen very little use in the last few years but has always been garage-kept.

The car starts and runs well, shifts well, and stops well. The car did receive one repaint to its original color some time ago, and it was well done, as the paint quality is excellent. The roof should most likely be resprayed as the clear is beginning to peel, but the balance of the paintwork on the car is excellent. The car’s interior is absolutely original and in remarkably nice condition. The car shows no signs of rust whatsoever, and it does not leak. Wait a darn minute….an English car that does not leak? Seriously, not a drop…….yes, there is oil in it 🙂

The car’s 2.0 liter overhead cam 4 runs great with twin SU carbs and a 4-speed manual transmission. Clutch take-up is chatter and slip-free.

Here is an opportunity to acquire a rare collectible motorcar for reasonable money that can be enjoyed and proudly shown. It would be an absolute hit at the next British Car show! And remember, the queen drove a Rover!

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