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Homepage. This page: A selection of original pre-war photos featuring open-top Rover Eight cars.

1920s Rover 8.

The first photograph shown here was sent in by a visitor to the site in 2006, and is reproduced with their permission (thanks Chris). The second photo was sent in 2005, again requiring identification, and is shown again with the sender's permission (thanks Brian!).

Rover Photo No.1

Rover 8
The Rover 8 was powered by a transverse-mounted twin cylinder, air cooled, engine, and built between 1920 and 1925. The original design was by John Young Sangster, which was then purchased by Rover in 1919, and manufactured in a newly-purchased factory at Tyseley (previously used for WW1 munitions). Around 17,000 examples were produced. Chris sent in the photo above of his great great Grandfather, taken around 1923. I was able to identify it, having been sent the photo shown below a year earlier by another visitor to the site.

Rover Pic No.2

Rover Eight
In the second photo, it shows Brian's Grandparents sat in the front of the '20s Rover. They were from Broadstairs in Kent. His Grandfather was keen on cycle racing (initially with Penny Farthings!), and later using more conventional bicycles. Brian's Aunt is sat in the back.

Rover Eight Photos No.3 & 4

The following two photographs came in a selection I purchased in 2008, both showing the same Rover 8, registration BW 6190. The first shows the Rover with its owner alongside, stood next to a Shetland pony. Handily both photos have handwritten notes on the reverse side, this one reads: "Our Shetland 'Silverdale' and the Rover car 'Geraldine'". Neither photo is dated but they look to be images taken in the 1920s. This Rover 8 is shown with the roof folded and sidescreens fitted. The screens don't seem to fit very well with the screen angled back as it is.
Rover 8 car
The second photo looks to have been taken at the same time, the trees suggest that the photos were taken in late autumn, or winter, which may explain why the sidescreens were in place. The second shot of BW 6190 is a side-on view, showing the owner sat in his car. The note on this photograph reads "I in Geraldine. She is a wee snug little thing - just the right size for me to go up & down from Portsmouth to Looe (or possibly home) plus luggage". A photo of another car belonging to the same chap, a vintage Wolseley, can be seen here.
Vintage Rover Eight car

Rover 8 - Photo 5.

This next photo of a Rover 8 isn't in the best of condition, but still worth including on this page. It shows a vintage motorist alongside his Rover, the car's registration plate is just about visible but I can't quite make out the number - possibly HR 5339, a Wiltshire series used from 1919 to 1924. The building in the background looks interesting - a lighthouse? Maybe someone recognises the building? There is an address written on the reverse side, suggesting that this image was posted to a Mrs B Pitt, of 26 Lambridge Place in Bath, Somerset.
(Please click the thumbnail to view full-size image.)
Another vintage Rover 8 touring car

6. A Rover and a vintage Wolseley.

Jenny emailed over this interesting shot of her father's Rover 8, parked nose-to-nose with the towering 1923 Wolseley limousine that he received on his 21st birthday. He was the proprietor of Welland's Garage in Burnham-on-Sea, and many nostalgic photographs and items relating to motoring that came from this garage now feature on the site.
The two cars couldn't be more different - the Wolseley a grand carriage of significant proportions and presence, versus the diminutive 8hp Rover two-seater tourer, designed with frugal motoring in mind, yet I'd have no hesitation in choosing the latter if offered the choice of either by a wealthy relative one day. In the background is an old-style "finger-post" road sign, here displaying distances to Weston-super-Mare, Lympsham, and Burnham.
The Rover's windscreen is set at a rakish angle, and unusually the standard scuttle-mounted headlamps have, on this example, been supplemented by larger lamps in the more traditional, frontal, location. No doubt running a garage enabled Mr Welland to lay his hands on a suitable set of lamps for minimal expense. A cracking photo, thanks for sending it over!
A Rover parked facing an elderly Wolseley
Another photo showing a vintage Rover 8 can be seen here.
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