1963-1973 ROVER 2000
WHY WE LOVE IT Who couldn’t? A car that’s stylish, innovative and excels in so many ways. Truly brilliant.
When I was studying journalism, they threatened me with a foot rule across the knuckles if I was ever found guilty of biased reporting (how times have changed; it would be a 30cm rule these days) but I must admit that I do actually have my dream car, a 1964 P6, albeit sadly awaiting restoration.
The P6 was unique in so many ways; a brave venture by a proud, independent Rover, which thankfully turned out to be a success. A distinctive shape, those sexy bucket seats, superb handling from a complex De Dion rear suspension set-up and the pure quality of the engineering including the panels hung on a base unit mean there’s little else like it.
The earlier 2000s, before British Leyland put plastic bits on the bodywork, are our main focus here but there was also a TC with twin carburettors and of course the P6B, with the Buick-derived 3528cc V8 engine, a vehicle too joyful for words to describe adequately.