Travelling in Style

Rover 75

In 1955, the 4th Earl of Lichfield Thomas Edward Anson bought this lovely Rover 75

The Earl's Rover is a gorgeous black saloon with tan upholstery, and was purchased complete with a ‘fire extinguisher’, ‘trafficators’ and ‘fog and long range lamps’. This car was the top of the range when it was purchased, and featured modern styling with a new streamlined body, recessed head lamps and a chrome grille. You may recognise the styling from the American Studebakers from the 1940s.

When the Earl died, the car was passed to his wife the Violet Margaret, Countess of Lichfield who carried on running the car until the early 1980s. The countess used the car regularly to visit family in Devon. She was an independant woman, and would use the well-known AA route planner to navigate her own route. She then donated it to the care of the National Trust at Shugborough complete with its own number plate.

Conservation and Care
The car is in good condition for the age of the vehicle. Our conservation team have carried out a full condition survey and are working to prevent further deterioration.  It is important to our conservation team to carefully monitor this vehicle with care over the next few months and seasons, as the change in environment could cause sudden changes in the condition of the vehicle. 

Why are we not restoring it?
We will not be restoring this vehicle to full working condition for some important conservational reasons. Full restoration would mean that there would be a lot of interferance with the vehicle, and ulitmately a loss of the original working parts that would be replaced a high cost. We will continue to care for the vehicle and prevent further deterioration as much as possible, and put it on show for you to enjoy in the near future.