ROVER P6 2200

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Best 1976 Buys - NICK LARKIN ED­I­TOR-AT-LARGE


No, I’m not cheat­ing – the Rover P6 was still alive and breath­ing in 1976, de­spite its SD1 pre­de­ces­sor be­ing in pro­duc­tion. And on pa­per at least, you had the best P6s ever by then.

Most im­por­tantly, the 2200 had been launched in 1973, with the four-cylin­der en­gine in­creased in ca­pac­ity from 1978cc to 2205cc, bring­ing a use­ful in­crease in power and torque, es­pe­cially in twin­car­bu­ret­tor form, a good 1970s P6 choice. Stronger gear­boxes were also fit­ted to all man­ual 2200s.

Also avail­able was the mighty 3500S, in­cor­po­rat­ing the Buick de­rived V8 en­gine with a man­ual ‘box.

These 1970s P6s do have an ap­peal of their own – the four-cylin­der models are nip­pier than their pre­de­ces­sors and the man­ual V8 a true joy.

Sit on those com­fort­able fab­ric seats, en­joy the su­perb han­dling and em­brace ev­ery­thing, from the plas­tic egg box ra­di­a­tor grilles and lurid in­te­rior and ex­te­rior colours to the vinyl roof.

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