Every Thursday, we’re tracking the values of the most popular classic cars on the UK market. Thanks to our friends at Classic Car Weekly, we can focus on one car and compare its values from 2005 to today – and then anticipate where they will be in 2025. This week, we analyse the Rover P4 – the company’s solid luxury saloon that kept a generation of bank managers mobile during the 1950s and ‘60s. Classic Car Weekly’s editor David Simister explains.
ROVER P4 VALUES – THE CURRENT SITUATION
The much-loved P4 ‘Auntie’ Rovers did a lot to establish their maker’s reputation as a builder of solid ‘establishment’ motors. That was then, but this is now, and it’s no surprise to see that all types of P4 still have plenty of fans within the classic market.
Here we’re looking specifically at the very earliest models, with the distinctive ‘Cyclops’ additional headlight, as these are attracting a premium over their later siblings. It wasn’t very long ago that you would have been able to pick up a decent example for around £5000-6000, but you’ll need a budget of almost twice that amount for the same car today – and we’ve seen some concours examples being advertised for upwards of £15,000.
ROVER P4 VALUES – SLOWLY RISING
It’s tricky to get an accurate reading of market values because so few are sold publicly through the auction house system. What happens with P4s is that they tend to change hands privately, within owners’ clubs, such is the way they tend to be cherished.
We reckon that prices for really strong examples could be a little higher still in a few years’ time. The reason for this rise is down to the halo effect of being a rarer, earlier model that’s helping to drive values. You can still pick up decent examples of later Rover P4s for between £6000-9000 right now.
ROVER P4 PRICE TRACKER
Price movements have been gradual, but constant. Rather like the P4 itself, the values have been making steady and solid progress, rather than making stellar gains. Not an investment-grade car, but more one to enjoy over an extended period.
Below are the typical prices for a Condition 2 example between 2005-2025.
2025 £14,000 (anticipated)
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