1958-73 ROVER P5 3-LITRE

WHY LARKIN LOVES IT – ‘It’s mag­nif­i­cently en­gi­neered and thor­oughly re­fined, with best qual­ity ma­te­ri­als through­out’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 60 YEARS OF MOTORWAYS -

It would be dif­fi­cult to ar­gue the Rover P5 isn’t the best car in our line-up. Suc­ces­sive prime min­is­ters can’t be

(that) wrong.

The P5 was beau­ti­fully built and a truly re­fined car­riage. You’d eas­ily get 90mph per­for­mance from the glo­ri­ous 2995cc straight­six en­gine. Styling was more im­pos­ing than St Paul’s yet not quite as os­ten­ta­tious. The leather and wood in­side was qual­ity with­out com­pro­mise and if economies were made, we’ve never man­aged to find them. Han­dling was bet­ter than many ri­vals, too.

All but the ear­li­est cars had over­drive as stan­dard and front disc brakes and an au­to­matic ver­sion was avail­able. A MkII model from 1962 in­cor­po­rated im­proved sus­pen­sion and a slicker gearshift. A coupé was added to the range in 1962, for dig­ni­fied sportiness.

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