ROVER P6 2200
WHAT TO PAY CONCOURS £6500 EXCELLENT £4000 USABLE £2500 PROJECT £1000
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.