1967-73 ROVER 3.5-LITRE P5B
WHY IT MATTERS 1970s British politics might have been turbulent, but the big V8 Rover played its part to keep everybody calm and collected.
Margaret Thatcher arrived in Downing Street in 1979 to begin her 11-year reign that would change Britain forever. But one thing that wouldn’t alter for a few years yet was the mainstay of the Downing Street car pool, the Rover 3.5-litre. They had been obsolete for a full six years but these stately Rovers had performed an understated job of serving Prime Ministers Callaghan, Heath and Wilson before Thatcher on their official business. Pipe-smoker Harold Wilson even had a special, ahem, high-capacity ashtray fitted to one. Nor was Maggie the only influential woman to enjoy the Rover’s well-bolstered comfort and creamy power. Her Majesty the Queen, no less, was a devoted owner.