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

Glen Wilson rovercar at comcast.net
Tue Apr 1 21:16:13 BST 2008

Geoff Kirkpatrick wrote:
> Holy crap, look at the price they are asking for that car.  UK listers, would it really sell for something close to 3,750 pounds on that side of the pond?  If so, my buddy and I really need to get going with the export business we keep threatening to start.  That would be maybe a $1500 car over here.
> Geoff

If you got to 
http://www.rover-classics.co.uk/pages/restoration/index.html , the owner 
describes a restoration of a NADA Federal 3500S that cost  £16,000. Now, 
isn't a pound worth about $2 at this point?

What's interesting about that car is that it was RHD before he restored 
it. Once again, what's the VIN? Did someone convert it from an NADA car? 
Or is it a clone? I also notice that the seats and grille are different 
from the 3500S we got in the states. There are no pictures of the door 
panels, but I think I see a rotary knob for one of the vent windows. I'd 
wager anything that this is a home market 3500 with a lot of NADA 3500S 
bits screwed on. Beautiful automobile and excellent workmanship.

I can see wanting a RHD car for use in the UK, but for $32,000 why not 
restore an actual original NADA 3500S with all of the original bits? 
Funny what people with a lot of money choose to do with it.

Re Steven's comments, the NADA 3500S had many parts that were unique to 
it including the interior door panels with arm rests and pockets, the 
hood scoops, and the bumpers, and the grille (though that was mainly a 
paint job).

It was the first to have the box pleated upholstery and the round gauges.

It also had steel bars in the doors for added safety. Did other P6s get 

How about the rotary knobs for opening the vent windows in the front 
doors?  Did they ever appear on other cars?


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> Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2008 00:39:36 -0400
> From: Glen Wilson <rovercar at comcast.net>
> Subject: [ROVERNET - UK] 3500S Options, still...
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> http://www.rover-classics.co.uk/images/forsale/1/index.htm
> 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.
> Glen
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