129 Rovers for sale in one auction

MikeMelb

Active Member
#5
Yes it is the Doctor Flynn collection.
I don't know anything about him but there's a vigorous discussion among local Rover club members at present. Apparently an interesting but somewhat unusual individual.
 

ghce

Well-Known Member
#7
Lots of errors in the catalogue discriptions.

You would think with such a collecting obsession for Rovers that over the years he would have got some of the more unusual and desirable ones ie factory modified and demonstrators, vips moon roofs, estates etc. Non the less lots of desirable standard cars there such as coupes'
 

MikeMelb

Active Member
#8
Yes.
The consensus here is that with so many being sold at once it will drive values (such as they are) way down. On the other hand it appears that none of the cars are pristine and would require reasonable investment to bring them to a high standard.
 
#9
He basically bought them up and parked them in a couple of big sheds. Just how he came by all the parts i don't know but possibly got hold of alot of ex stock from BL when they gave up selling rovers in the eighties
 
#10
The consensus here is that with so many being sold at once it will drive values (such as they are) way down. On the other hand it appears that none of the cars are pristine and would require reasonable investment to bring them to a high standard.
The appeal for us Brits is that many look as if the metalwork is excellent and rust free, leaving easy jobs like interiors to sort out.
503225, for example, is a 3500S manual wrongly listed as an automatic with missing door trim and scruffy interior - the sort of project we'd kill for over here!
And the green 503229, again a manual listed as an auto, but this time with Rostyle wheels! What sort of price is that likely to make?
 
#11
Those Rostyles are one of about half a dozen sets that made it this far south. I'd expect that car to go for one of the highest prices, particularly if it has factory air con or power windows which is just as rare here. In terms of rust, the location is particularly dry so it would depend on where the car came from but you will find that there will be very fine dust built up everywhere, particularly the side sills, so you will have to get it out before it gets wet and turns to sticky mud.

some of those transmissions are rather interesting. Harvey have you seen a BW35 with a cylindrical tailcone ? I wonder if the ifield hydraulic transmission car (p4) is down there? some of those unknown transmissions look similar... but they may be just Roverdrives
 

Demetris

Well-Known Member
#12
I am not sure what the owner of all these was trying to achieve :confused: , but the way these are sold, i am not very optimistic about the final destination of cars and parts.

Sure enough, a handfull of the most complete cars will be sold, but the rest will surely have no luck, as it seems there is no provision to offer these at a worldwide audience.
Also the parts, due to the way they are sold would only be useful to one of the existing Rover parts stockist (or any ambicious enough to start a new bussiness!), and as most of them are on the other side of the planet, i can't really see a happy end. :(
 
#17
Lots of errors in the catalogue discriptions.

You would think with such a collecting obsession for Rovers that over the years he would have got some of the more unusual and desirable ones ie factory modified and demonstrators, vips moon roofs, estates etc. Non the less lots of desirable standard cars there such as coupes'
Have to remember, in Australia the amount of estates that are here could be counted on one hand with fingers to spare. We simply didn't get the oddball or rare cars that are in Europe.

I'm interested in one of the p5bs and manual p6bs. I might make the trip up.
 

ghce

Well-Known Member
#18
Have to remember, in Australia the amount of estates that are here could be counted on one hand with fingers to spare. We simply didn't get the oddball or rare cars that are in Europe.

I'm interested in one of the p5bs and manual p6bs. I might make the trip up.
Yes only after my post did I realize the OZ origin.
 
#19
The Auction is exactly what I was expecting and fits the owner's character...Nothing about the collection is particularly orderly though I didn't expect things to be sorted quite as well as they are. there is at least one wire wheels and hub in one of those containers. Its down the back, hub is up front in front of the camera, both on the right of shot. the dome end transmission - Eight of them is right it is a 2000 unit. the lever sticking out is the crossbar...I've never seen one that clean before...
 
#20
Some interesting cars there - the Sharkstooth looks brilliant and there's the 7th 2000 automatic in export rhd spec there. I've ran that, isn't on a factory plate. Quite convinced some cars will be on a factory plate, but it's a pain to sort out and go through - will check the 426s later though. Surely someone in mainlaind Europe will have the guts to pick some of them up? Prices here are on the rises and I could see importing 4 or 5 carefully selected ones will do well. Unfortunately, the ones which don't have any provenance (series 1, which are generally rarer down there excepted) and are in C or D condition for Oz standards will most likely be scrapped. Shame.
 
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