1967-73 ROVER 3.5-LITRE P5B

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

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.

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