[ROVERNET - UK] original NADA 3500 S right-hand-drive !

Nathan Obuch nathanobuch at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 5 17:06:40 BST 2007

     In England, I believe that the identity of a car
is determined on a "points" basis, with a certain
number of points assigned to each original major
component (bodyshell, engine, transmission,
suspension.) The car needs to retain a certain
percentage of original components to keep its
identity. In general, I think a secondhand bodyshell
subtracts enough points that the car's identity is up
for question. 
    One Roverist (Reg Mason, I believe) "restored" a
rare Lucas injection prototype P6 3500S (I read about
it in Practical Classics Magazine, I think) using a
secondhand base unit. The debate raged on for months
afterwards in the "letters" section! The article
mentions that Reg now imports secondhand base units
from Australia (or was it SA?) 

That's enough rambling for now! 


> RoverP6 at gmx.de wrote:
> >
> > ebay # 260146092866
> >
> >
> > Rudiger
> > www.RoverP6.info 
> I don't doubt that this seller is legitimate, but if
> this car is "a 
> serious piece of motoring history and exceptionally
> rare," why not show 
> us more than a rusty bumper? It would be interesting
> to see if the gauge 
> cluster and other details were identical
> Interesting car, but
> "A re-shell is a worthy option..."
> If, as suggested in the advertisement, this would
> also include four 
> doors and the sills and floors are full of holes
> indicating a base unit 
> swap, there wouldn't be all that much left of the
> original car. It could 
> certainly be a true restoration and not a replica,
> if done correctly.
> I am fairly certain that if you reassembled a P6 in
> the United States 
> using a different base unit, it would be illegal and
> fraudulent to 
> register or sell it under the trashed base unit's
> VIN. If memory serves, 
> the VIN is stamped into the base unit to prevent
> just that. Not that 
> anyone would really care. If someone did a swap like
> that and ended up 
> with an '82 Buick Regal Grand National or an '87 GNX
> with a VIN that you 
> could trace by CarFax to a totally demolished car,
> you can bet their 
> would be some questions raised.
> Glen
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