Son’s £120,000 Rover tribute to late father going under the hammer

Son’s £120,000 Rover tribute to late father going under the hammer

A ROVER P4 95 is going under the hammer at the H&H Classics sale in Buxton later this month after undergoing a £120,000-plus restoration in honour of its former owner.

Brian Griffiths restored the Rover over the course of 2002 and 2003 as a tribute to his late father, Kenneth Griffiths, whose insurance firm Griffiths & Armour of Liverpool bought the car new for £1,373 in 1963.

Griffiths purchased the P4 from his father in 1986 and went about restoring it in with Specialised Automotive Services in 2002, after his father died.

The work involved the addition of an overdrive, cruise control and power steering, and ended up costing more than £120,000, with £2,500 being spent on engine parts and £2,680 on an interior retrim. Repairs were also carried out on the electrics, brakes, suspension, clutch and clock.

Damian Jones from H&H Classics said: ‘One can only surmise that Brian felt a great deal of sentimental attachment to the car and was in the fortunate position of being able to spend that sort of money on its refurbishment.

‘Thankfully, people undertake uneconomic restorations the whole time. If they did not, I might well be out of a job. For some enthusiasts, the value of their car is measured in things other than money.’

The auction is taking place on July 19, and the car has an estimate of £9,000 to £11,000.

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