1936 Rover 10 “Shooting Break”

The 1933 10 was really a new car with new chassis and new 1389 cc engine. It was the first car to be developed by Rover after the Wilks brothers Spencer and younger brother Maurice joined the company. The car was relatively expensive at GBP 238 – the Austin 10 was GBP 168 – and reflected the new company policy of moving upmarket rather than chasing volume. The Pressed Steel body was continued but there were no more fabric bodied models. Chassis were also supplied to a wide range of external coachbuilders.

rover 10 shooting break 1936

Date of manufacture: 1936
Production Years: 1933 – 1938
Produced: 9202 
Country of origin: England
Manufacturer: Rover
Designer: Maurice Wilks and Robert Boyle
Engine capacity: 1389 cc
Power Output: 44 hp = 33 kW
Top Speed:  
Price then: £ 238

The engine was flexibly mounted in the chassis to reduce vibration and a freewheel device was fitted to help gear changing on the non-synchromeshgearbox and save fuel, a 15% improvement in the economy was claimed. The freewheel would continue to be a feature of Rovers until 1955.

Everybody seems to be attracted by this car. It is, probably, the wood doing voodoo… Very well made, with superb joints that use no nails or screws!

This shooting break Rover 10, is made by 75% of wood and it is still in a good condition after 75 years, being exposed to the weather. The rear seat can easily be removed in order to convert it into a van of reasonable volume, when going hunting. There is a separating window between the front and the central part of the car, I suppose, for preventing undesirable smells to penetrate the driving section…

rover 10 side

Ενα από τα πρώτα, αν όχι το πρώτο πολυμορφικό αμάξι του 20ου αιώνα. Βγαίνει το πίσω κάθισμα και μετατρέπεται σένα ευρύχωρο βαν! Κατασκευάστηκε σαν αμάξι κυνηγών, γι’ αυτό ονομάζεται “Shooting break”. Υπάρχει ένα παράθυρο που χωρίζει το μπροστινό τμήμα του αυτοκινήτου από τον αποθηκευτικό χώρο, για να μην διεισδύουν οι μυρωδιές μπροστά…

rover 10 back

Το 75% αυτού του αυτοκινήτου είναι κατασκευασμενο από ξύλο υψηλών προδιαγραφών. Οι ενώσεις της ξύλινης κατασκευής, δεν έχουν καρφιά ή βίδες !