Rover P6B 3500S


In the mid 1960s, when Rover discovered that Buick had developed a compact V8 which proved unsuitable for their own, US Interstate-cruising sized saloons, they bought it. The small-block, aluminium 3.5 litre engine generated some 50% more power than Rover’s existing staple.

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Rover 75 – 1999


Although the Rover 75 was intended to be an updated version of the Rover 600, BMW’s takeover changed all that. The German company — following its promise to treat the Rover marque as the embodiment of traditional British automobile engineering —promptly decreed that the planned 75 would be an entirely new luxury saloon car. By coincidence, the Rover 75 was launched at the 1998 Birmingham Motor Show, which also saw the first appearance of the new S-Type Jaguar. The two cars had similar retro styling, and the consensus was that the Rover stood up well against its Ford-owned rival. Continue reading “Rover 75 – 1999”

Rover SD1 – 1976


The Rover SD1 of 1976 inspired either ecstasy or apoplexy. As a member of the new British Leyland group, Rover now had major in-house competitors like Triumph and Jaguar, with whom it expected to share parts and develop discrete elements of the company’s extended range. It also had a brand-new factory of its own to produce the fruits of its Specialist Division — but that couldn’t happen until the Division had learned the lessons of compromise from its early efforts. Continue reading “Rover SD1 – 1976”