he P6 was a radical new product for its maker - and proof it was trying to move away from the 'Auntie' image that it had been landed with over the last couple of decades.
It had styling that was influenced by the Citroen DS, and possessed a skeleton structure and modern styling that really were a million miles away from the P4, which was still in production when the P6 was launched.
The company gambled that it would appeal to traditionally conservative Rover customers, as well as attracting new ones. The bid worked, and the P6 went on to become a huge commercial success, carving out the executive sector alongside the Triumph 2000 for itself. Constantly updated throughout its life, with 2.2-litre engines and twin-carb updates.
Although the Rover 2000 was capable, in no way could it be described as quick. Yet with the installation of the ex-Buick V8 it became Rover’s first Q-car, offering Jaguar-matching pace.
The P6B caught on rapidly, selling in huge numbers and becoming a favourite with lawbreakers - and enforcers. It was initially offered only as an automatic, in 1971, the 3500S was introduced, featuring a four-speed gearbox.
ABOUT THIS CAR
Very straight, rust free body with good mostly original paint
Nice Original interior
Mechanically sound, good motor, good transmission.
Good tires all round.
Comes with extremely rare and expensive to buy 14” factory Rostyle wheels
Awesome to drive
One interesting feature on this car is the spare wheel on top of the boot lid to free up space for luggage. I think it looks good, and it doesn’t have a negative impact on rearward visibility.
Comfort is what the P6 is all about. The seats were something else for their day, with backs and squabs infinitely adjustable. They also give a formidable nine inches of fore and aft movement which, coupled with a steering column that can be raised or lowered, ensures that drivers of all sizes should be able to get comfy.
The V8 engine has pulling power to spare and can hold first until 30mph, second until 55mph and third all the way up to 85mph.
These V8s can easily hold their own against a modern car and the 3500S is still a quick car by today’s standards.
Quality suspension in an era where lever-arm dampers, leaf springs, drum brakes and cross-ply tyres dominated; the P6 was streets ahead with its de Dion rear axle, inboard disc brakes and radial tyres.
The P6 was and remains a supremely safe handler and, with all round discs, an extremely safe classic to travel in. It can cruise with the flow and is pleasing to drive.
Finally, if you do intend to use this P6 every day, you can be comforted in the knowledge that its in-built safety aspects were way ahead of the contemporary competition of its time and its still pretty handy nowadays.
Sometimes it takes just one car to change the public’s perception of the manufacturer. With Rover it was the P6 that transformed the company’s cosy ‘old auntie’ image into the BMW of its day.
This is a greatly overlooked classic car and today remains one of the most usable and affordable classic saloons you can buy.
TRANSPORT / WORLDWIDE SHIPPING CAN BE ORGANISED ON THIS VEHICLE ON BUYER'S BEHALF AT BUYERS COST.
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