1958 ROVER 90 P4
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 116
Year : 1958
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
Registration No. : 789 PYD
Chassis No. : 610900642
Engine No. : 610900786
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


The Rover P4 series of cars were manufactured from 1949 through
to 1964 during which period several models were produced; the Rover
60, 75, 80, 90, 95, 100, 105 and 110 models. Apart from the 60 and
80, the models all had in-line six-cylinder engines with overhead
inlet valves and side exhaust valves. Various transmissions were
used including either a manual, manual overdrive gearbox or, until
1959, the option of the manual gearbox with a free wheel unit. The
bodies were mounted on a separate chassis with independent
suspension by coil springs at the front and semi elliptical leaf
springs at the rear. By 1950, the brakes were fully hydraulic with
discs at the front being standard from 1959. The 90 was luxurious
with its silky 2.6 litre, straight six-engine with stopping power
via the power assisted brakes. The coachwork featured an alloy
bonnet, doors and boot lid with the interior finished in wood and

The original buff log book shows that this Rover was first
registered on the 3rd November 1958 to Sidney Fussell & Sons
Limited, of Rode, Somerset. One of the subsequent owners was a Mr.
Williams and his wife Gwendoline who affectionately named the Rover
'Bessy'. Mr. Williams had a fascinating wartime history, all
explained in newspaper articles within the history file; not only
that, but he went on to own 'Bessy' for 34 years until he decided
to retire and sell her, but with one condition, the purchaser would
have to buy the garage it was kept in as well!  During his 34
years ownership, all receipts for works, parts and correspondences
from the Rover Company were kept; it appears that Mr. Williams was
very fussy and liked his Rover 'just so'. 'Bessy' was eventually
sold to a chap who only wanted the garage and therefore a further
sale of the car ensued. The new owner carried out many works
including fresh paintwork and replacement of the leather seats by
Bristol Cars Ltd. These works, carried out to a high standard,
resulted in awards from the Great Western Rover Drivers Guild for
Best 90 in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. The British Motor Industry
Heritage Trust Certificate states that 'Bessy' was built on the
21st October 1958 and the registration number 789 PYD was issued in
Somerset. We strongly advise that you inspect the history file as
it makes fascinating reading. The coachwork is finished in the
original colour of Dove Grey complemented by an interior finished
with fine woodwork, soft red leather and excellent carpets.
Although from November 2012, an MoT certificate is not required on
pre- 1960 vehicles, the vendor, for peace of mind, has put a new 12
month certificate on her; with that and the tax free road fund
licence, you may enjoy this charming motor car, as the Rover
Company used to say one of Britain's finest cars, straight
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170