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Homepage. This page: Shown at rest, a mid-30s four-light Rover P1 saloon car.

Rover 14hp Sports.

Judging by the fact that this photo of a pre-war Rover is printed on "A.M." (Air Ministry) photographic paper, then presumably its owner was involved in aviation, either as an employee of the Ministry or quite possibly the Royal Air Force (RAF). The car's registration - BXP 133 - points to a 1935 registration in London, which was home to the Air Ministry as part of the British Government, from 1918 to 1964.
Photographs of a slightly later Rover 14 saloon may be found on this page. This, though, is a 1935 Rover 14hp Sports Saloon, with four-light (ie two windows on either side) coachwork. The roofline of the Sports is lower than that of the Fourteen saloon, giving it a more rakish profile. The squared-off upper corners of the windscreen frame on the 14hp Sports act as a clear differentiator between it and contemporary standard Rover saloons. The car is powered by a 1577cc straight-six engine, cooled by the raft of louvres let into the bonnet side panels. A photograph of a similar car, being attended to at a Coventry garage in the years following the war, may be found part-way down the Aston's Garage photo page. Two head-on views of a 12 Sports Saloon negotiating snow-covered roads, can also be seen on this page.
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Black and white photo of a Rover
Stylish as this car undoubtably is, the laurels when it comes to eye-catching Rover 14s must go to the Speed 14 Streamline Coupe of 1934 to 1936, a photo of which may be found here.
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