[ROVERNET - UK] Went to see the P5B Coupe in Turlock, California...

Eric Russell p6rovers at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 13 23:11:48 GMT 2008

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--- Geoff Kirkpatrick <britcarnut at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi Rovernetters,
> Well, I couldn't resist a P5B Coupe so close to home
> so I went to see it this morning.  My impressions:
> - Straight and original, but tired.  Rust in both
> ends of both rockers/sills.  Possibly some rust at
> the base of the windshield, it was a bit hard to
> tell.  I think those of you in the UK would probably
> consider the rust very minor.  Has been partly
> repainted at some time and some of the paint is
> checked and crazed.  Needs lots of body rubber.
> - Leather is surprisingly still flexible, but has
> shrunk and split seams.  Interior generally tired,
> in need of full replacement.
> - New or rebuilt steering box is installed but
> column is not connected, and the pitman arm seems to
> have gone AWOL.
> - Engine is free but car has obviously not run in
> many years. Mechanical condition unknown.  Air
> cleaner is in the trunk (aren't they always?) but
> looks intact otherwise.
> - Chrome trim is fair, with a bit of pitting. 
> Bumpers are a bit bent, probably repairable.  Grille
> is missing some slats, though I have a spare.
> - Lots of bits and pieces in the trunk, some of
> which are for other Rovers.  
> - Webasto roof needs new fabric but the bones look
> decent.  I didn't try to open it.
> - Would undoubtedly need complete brake system
> rebuild to make it a driver.  
> A question for you folks across the pond:  Based on
> this description, what would the likely value of
> this car be in its home market?  It is a
> right-hand-drive car, by the way, not LHD.  With an
> asking price of $1500, (about 750 pounds at current
> exchange rate) should I be turning up tomorrow with
> cash in hand, or should I be running the other way
> even if the car was free?
> All input appreciated -
> thanks,
> Geoff
> "This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect
> for those who can be of no possible service to him."
> - William Lyon Phelps
> Geoff Kirkpatrick, 382 Riverside Avenue, Ben Lomond,
> CA 95005, USA
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