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Lot 416: Rover Sixteen Sports Saloon

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Newly introduced for the 1937 season, the Rover Sixteen was based on the existing 14hp model, whose chassis and body styles it shared. The Fourteen had been launched in 1934 on a lengthened under-slung chassis that enabled the adoption of low-line bodies, among them attractive 'streamline' versions of both saloon and drophead coup´┐Ż. Chassis specification included a four-speed freewheel gearbox, hydraulic brakes, Luvax-Bijur automatic lubrication and electric windscreen wipers. The Sixteen's 2,147cc six-cylinder engine was based on that of the four-cylinder Ten; smooth, flexible and willing, it proved capable of propelling Autocar's on-test Sports Saloon to a mean maximum speed of 75mph yet would pull away in top gear from as low as 7-8mph. This stylish Sixteen Sports Saloon was purchased from the previous owner in March 2013 having been in dry storage since 2001. Since acquisition the cylinder head has been removed and converted to unleaded compatibility, and the engine re-commissioned. Apart from the foregoing the car has not been touched. Benefiting from a stainless steel exhaust system and four new tyres, 'EU 8579' is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to August 2014, Swansea V5 document and an old-style continuation logbook (issued 1959). It should be noted that the latter records a change of engine capacity to 1,901cc, this being the size of the six-cylinder Rover Fourteen unit.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
Lot Number416
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£6900
Condition rating2
Registration numberEU 8579
Chassis number7430239
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