1930 Rover 10/25 Saloon
Over €30,000 spent on this car during the 90s and early 2000s; lived and registered in Ireland for many years; shipped here for auction; presentable early British motor; runs and drives
Described by The Light Car & Cyclecar December 1930 publication as ‘Good Performer, Adequate Equipment, Ample Accommodation and a Good Looker, these were initially sold by Rover for £189.
Unfortunately, very little is known about the early life of this Rover 10, although it is clear though that it has been owned by Irish gentlemen since at least 1995. Chris Young Classic and Modern Car Repairs and Sales of Long Melford, in Suffolk were given the instructions to start the restoration in 1995, taking regular payments from the Irish owner until its completion in 2001, some €30,000 later.
Work started with a complete chassis strip, sand blasting and application of rust proof primer. A little welding on the front cross member and complete break down of other parts to clean, grease and re-assemble. Dash panels and gauges were all either replaced with new or removed, cleaned up and returned. All rotten timber being removed and replaced too.
1996 saw the engine being completely stripped down and gearbox renewed. The body was popped back on to the chassis and surveyed for any repairs needed to the ash frame. Doors were improved, filled and fitted snugly to the body, while all other panels were checked, repaired if necessary and eventually all re-painted.
Due to illness, the restoration had to be paused and based on the large file of bills, work was restarted in 1999, which included the manufacture of a new exhaust system, fitting of new upholstery and the seating that you see today.
Once transported back to Ireland it was officially registered in County Laois in 2002 residing with its very proud owner. One would hope to think he then had time to enjoy his restored pride and joy for a number of years. It was certainly still owned by him up until at least 2005. Joining a collection in Dublin fairly recently, it is now being offered for sale to fund some potential new additions to the expanding collection. Looking very reasonably priced here and although it is not entirely original, everything is done, she runs and drives and after all it is a ‘Good Looker.'
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