[ROVERNET - UK] 3500S Options, still...

Glen Wilson rovercar at comcast.net
Tue Apr 1 05:39:36 BST 2008


Here's a car in England with California plates that not only has the 
black vinyl sail panels but a vinyl covered roof, as well.

This one has all of the original elements right down to the AED, the 
parachute seat belts, correct bumpers, and the coachline along the 
sides. But I think George Barris, King of the Customizers, did the vinyl 
roof and screwed the new-look sail panels on it!   :-)

The one behind it with the white sail panels and unadulterated roof is 
the stock NADA 3500S. Options are the choices you have when you fill out 
the order sheet at the dealer.

Roland's story helps explain the difference between a car leaving the 
factory with a mismatched wheel/hub/suspension and a factory option.  
That one wasn't in the dealer brochure or the price list. But I'll bet 
that, once the wheel cover was on, it wasn't all that obvious a flaw. 
Bumpers or body panels from another model would probably have been 
noticed before it got out the factory door.

Cheers, y'all.


roland young wrote:
> Wow, I go away for a few days and all heck breaks out!
> :-)
> I worked in a dealership many-many years. One time a
> new car came in and one of the techs went to do it's
> PDI (pre-delivery inspection) when he brought all of
> us over to this new car. Seems all but one of the
> wheel assemblies had 5 studded hubs, while one of the
> front wheels had a 4 studded hub! So someone at the
> factory had to have installed an entire strut/hub
> assembly from a 4 cylinder car and fitted it to a 6
> cylinder car. We had to notify the local service rep
> when we ordered and entire assembly to replace it. It
> was very funny.
> Not to take any sides, but accidents do happen to new
> cars from time to time and possibly salesmen take cars
> out as demos or even as a perk for higher ups and say
> they rear end someone. The dealership insurance would
> cover the cost and the car is repaired at the
> dealership bodyshop, where it could possibly get a new
> bumper and fenders for a similar model albeit not the
> correct model. Say this car sits on the lot for a year
> and then sold at a low price to get it off the lot.
> Not taking any sides here, "just saying......"
> anything is possible.
>       roland
> DL650 (totalled)
>   Buell Ulysses
>   Rover P5
>   1983 GR650
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