19682004

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

With its com­pact di­men­sions and al­loy block, the Rover V8 was a nat­u­ral fit for a sports car. What’s more, lit­tle surgery was re­quired in or­der to mate it to a Plus 4 chas­sis. Save for an ad­di­tional two inches be­ing in­serted into the wheel­base, and the tra­di­tional wooden plank floor be­ing re­placed by steel (al­though the ash frame re­mained), there was lit­tle dif­fer­ence.

Launched in 1968, the Plus 8 proved in­stantly pop­u­lar and served to reen­er­gise the firm. So much so, it re­mained in pro­duc­tion for 36 years. Ca­pa­ble of an un­stressed 120mph and 0-60mph in 6.5-sec­onds, it isn’t hard to un­der­stand the ap­peal. Grad­ual de­vel­op­ments – wider bod­ies, Rover rather than a Moss ’boxes, rack-and-pin­ion steer­ing – even air bags – con­tin­ued to keep the model fresh, the last of the line edi­tions fea­tur­ing 4.6-litre V8s as­sem­bled by Coven­try’s Power Train Projects.

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