This was a car I looked at before I acquired the Turner. It was at a garage in Reading and I was in one of my carless periods but needed a car. The one I looked at was Black and the only two things I can remember about it was, one it had the usual Rover freewheel feature and two there was a button on the dashboard next to the fuel gauge which when pressed showed the oil level in the engine. Very neat...never seen it since.


A freewheel acts as an automatic clutch, making it possible to change gears in a manual gearbox, either up or downshifting, without depressing the clutch pedal, limiting the use of the manual clutch to starting from standstill or stopping. A freewheel also produces slightly better fuel efficiency and less wear on the manual clutch, but leads to more wear on the brakes as there is no longer any ability to perform engine braking.


Freewheels were used in some luxury or up-market conventional cars such as Rovers from the 1930s into the 1960s. The freewheel meant that the engine returned to its idle speed on the overrun, thus greatly reducing noise from both the engine and gearbox. The mechanism could usually be locked to provide engine braking if needed.


Rover's market was the professional man, the doctor or solicitor and the wood and leather interior gave a clubby atmosphere.


Just over 9000 were made before being replaced by the P4 which was the more familiar "Auntie" Rover.

1948-9 ROVER P3