1906 Rover

A guide to 6HP Rover cars


We have a successor to DL 126

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

On Wednesday 13th April we successfully bid for a 1915 Willys Overland Model 83 at an auction in Buxton.

The Overland is loaded up and about to leave for a new life in Norfolk

The Overland has been laid up for several years and needs some recomissioning to get it back on the road.  It appears to be in largely original condition, 30 000 miles on the clock (said to be genuine), remarkably rust free, and will (we hope) not require much work to get it road-worthy once more.  The original Dixie magneto has gone missing, unfortunately, so we would love to find another one!  We are looking forward to taking our new baby to some events later this season.

The car was made as a right hand drive version for the British market and was originally sold by the Bridgwater Motor Company in 1916.  It is said to have done around 1000 miles per year for 11 years before being laid up.  It was rediscovered in 1955 in a coach house in Bristol and sold to someone in Leeds who freed the engine without difficulty and had very little to do to the car to get it back on the road.  It changed hands again at some point and was last run in 1999 on the Gordon Bennett Rally.

The early four-pot engine

Car number 584, Model 83TRH

Vendor's plate

The first time we have put up the hood

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