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Unique Rover P5B Caravanette up for auction


The Restoration Show Sales, NEC, Birmingham

If you want a restoration project with a difference head for the Restoration Show Sales, being held at the NEC on 28-29 March. You could pick up a 3-litre powered Rover with an interior that features wall paper and quaint lanterns.

First registered in 1969 this Rover P5B Coupe was sold to it's second of, we believe, four registered keepers in 1971 and he made the unusual decision to mount a one off hand built Caravanette frame onto the chassis of the P5. The conversion was obviously a success as he enjoyed many years of touring in the West Country and extensively on the Continent.

Sadly, however, having purchased the vehicle in 1996 the current owner quickly established that the caravanette structure had succumbed to the rigours of corrosion and wood worm and needed to be rebuilt. The framework, ceiling and most of the cladding was replaced and resprayed and it seemed an ideal time to modernise the interior and kitchen area. The wiring was also brought up to date enabling the lighting to be run from a 12 volt or 240 volt external feed with all the appropriate cut outs etc.

Having owned the vehicle for 19 years the interior has been redecorated a couple of times and as recently as last year was treated to new wallpaper, fittings and bed cover.

Inside a world of the 1970sThe Rover P5 is a well respected classic and the vendor believes this to be the only one fitted with a hand built body in this style and it certainly attracts interest wherever it is seen.

Included in the sale are certificates and rally plates from 1999 London to Brighton Classics, a David Bache award plate from the Rover P5 Owners Club in 2001 and a large framed photo collection showing the original construction of the caravan body.

Potential purchasers are advised to inspect the condition of the frame and supporting structures to establish how much refurbishment may be required.

This vehicle is offered for sale with No Reserve and has a current MOT Certificate expiring on 21/10/2015.

More details at silverstoneauctions.com.

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