Mind your ‘Ps’, Mr Larkin!
I have read Mr Larkin’s articles and enjoyed them since he was a ‘lad’. However, his article on the Rover P3 ( CCW, 19 April) was obviously rushed, as it was not very factual.
Being the long-time owner of two P2s, the ‘P’ stands for project, as it started with the prewar P1. In 1939, the P2 was brought out, with a more rakish windscreen, heater, etc.
The P3, brought out in 1948, was a stop-gap model, introduced to test out the suspension and running gear that was to be used in the P4, hence the shortened chassis. The P3 60 had a four-pot Land Rover engine and not popular, as it was underpowered.
A P60 convertible was also offered, which is now extremely rare, as they too were not popular. Janek Grajewski, NE Club for prewar Austins secretary, librarian & archivist