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1969 Rover P5B CaravanetteSOLD

A unique trip down memory lane ripe for refurbishment

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First registered in 1969 this Rover P5B Coupe was sold to it's second of, we believe, four registered keepers in 1971 and he made the unusual decision to mount a one off hand built Caravanette frame onto the chassis of the P5. The conversion was obviously a success as he enjoyed many years of touring in the West Country and extensively on the Continent.
Sadly, however, having purchased the vehicle in 1996 the current owner quickly established that the caravanette structure had succumbed to the rigours of corrosion and wood worm and needed to be rebuilt. The framework, ceiling and most of the cladding was replaced and resprayed and it seemed an ideal time to modernise the interior and kitchen area. The wiring was also brought up to date enabling the lighting to be run from a 12 volt or 240 volt external feed with all the appropriate cut outs etc.
Having owned the vehicle for 19 years the interior has been redecorated a couple of times and as recently as last year was treated to new wallpaper, fittings and bed cover.
The Rover P5 is a well respected classic and the vendor believes this to be the only one fitted with a hand built body in this style and it certainly attracts interest wherever it is seen.
Included in the sale are certificates and rally plates from 1999 London to Brighton Classics, a David Bache award plate from the Rover P5 Owners Club in 2001 and a large framed photo collection showing the original construction of the caravan body.
Potential purchasers are advised to inspect the condition of the frame and supporting structures to establish how much refurbishment may be required.
This vehicle is offered for sale with No Reserve and has a current MOT Certificate expiring on 21/10/2015.
Once refurbished and decorated in your own style, this vehicle represents an ideal opportunity to enjoy many years of classic holidays and weekend breaks. Viewing recommended.
 

Reference Number 343867

as of 3/30/2015

Overview
Car 1969 Rover P5B Caravanette
Registration MBF 132H 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

This unique vehicle was purchased in May 1996 and can only be discribed as derelict.It had been left in an open sand quarry for a number of years, after the then owner abandoned it after the gearbox failed.As far as is known at the present,the oridginal car a,coupe was registered in the 1969 and the conversion made during 1971/72 by the 2nd owner.It travelled extensively on the Continent and to the West Country.The structure of the Caravanette itself had rotted with tin worms and wood worms having their own party,the cladding and timberwork was replaced where possible.A complete new roof was fitted replacing all the timbers and ceiling.The interior of the cab was disastrous and has been compleatly replaced with a new kitchen area and lighting which can be run on 240 or 12 volt and is fitted with a cutout box.