BaT Auction: 1972 Rover 3500 5-Speed

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This 1972 Rover 3500 is a British-market example equipped with a 3.5-liter V8 and a non-original 5-speed manual transmission. Factory options include power steering, a vinyl roof, heated rear window, leather upholstery, a trunk-mounted spare, trailer hitch, and a radio. A restoration was performed between 1998-2001, including engine work, body repairs, a color change from Almond to Cameron Green, an interior refresh, installing a set of refinished OEM 14″ Rover SD1 alloy wheels, and more as detailed below. The car was imported to the US in 2014 and the seller has added around 2,500 miles since acquiring it two years ago. During the seller’s ownership, a new power steering pump and clutch slave cylinder were added along with new brake and clutch master cylinders, as well as new OEM driveshaft U-joints. The engine was also tuned, and this Rover will be shown at the Queen’s English Car Show at Woodley Park in Los Angeles on April 22nd. It is now being offered with a BMI Heritage Trust certificate, ownership history from new, factory manuals, restoration-related receipts, past MOT certificates, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

Before the Cameron Green repaint was carried out, new sills and front fenders were installed. Both bumpers were re-chromed and a set of 14″ OEM SD1 alloys were installed and equipped with 195/70 series tires, which show good tread but are now 17 years old. The seller notes that minor surface rust is present on a few components underneath the vehicle.

BaT Auction: 1972 Rover 3500 5-Speed

Over 100 pictures are provided in the gallery below, and the seller states that the driver’s-side rear door jam has rust-through that was treated and contained prior to his ownership. The trunk is detailed in the photo gallery and contains a fifth 14″ SD1 alloy plus the factory jack.

BaT Auction: 1972 Rover 3500 5-Speed

As part of the 1998-2001 restoration, the original leather upholstery was re-dyed in its correct Oak color, new OEM Saddle carpets were fitted, and a new headliner was installed. The dyed finish is now cracking, primarily on the driver’s side as shown above.

BaT Auction: 1972 Rover 3500 5-Speed

The cabin has been kept mostly stock and features a two-spoke steering wheel plus refinished and rebuilt OEM instrumentation. Per the seller, the handbrake warning lamp stays illuminated and the oil pressure gauge sticks intermittently when cold. All other interior and exterior lighting, switches, and instrumentation reportedly work well, including the original dash-mounted clock. The heater functions but is not very efficient according to the seller. Currently the five-digit odometer shows 16,257 miles, and total mileage is unknown.

BaT Auction: 1972 Rover 3500 5-Speed

During the restoration, the 3.5-liter V8 received a top-end refresh and was fitted with hardened valve seats. A non-original 5-speed transmission should make highway cruising more comfortable. In January 2018 the engine, transmission, rear end, and brake fluids were all replaced. The engine reportedly drops a few spots of oil after being driven.

BaT Auction: 1972 Rover 3500 5-Speed

Additional undercarriage images are shown in the gallery below.

BaT Auction: 1972 Rover 3500 5-Speed

The restoration is documented with extensive records that are included with the sale. Additionally, service receipts from the first few years of the car’s life are present, and the seller has kept all records from his ownership. An original owner’s manual, service book, and British MOTs also accompany the sale.

BaT Auction: 1972 Rover 3500 5-Speed

The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate is shown above. It records build and dispatch dates, the original Almond color, factory equipment, and more.