1963-1973 ROVER 2000

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - LARKIN’S BEST BUYS -

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.

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