Sunday, November 18, 2012

Rover P6 3500 S - 1970


ROVER P6 3500 S ....



The company was founded by James Starley and Josiah Turner in 1877 in Coventry, UK. The activity begins with the construction of sewing machines and bicycles from 1869. In 1888, Starley built an electric car, but production was never started. Three years after Starley's death in 1901, she began to build cars under the brand name " Rover "Rover coupe with 8. Production stopped in 1924 and resumed in 1947 for Land Rover. Rover in 1967 merged with the Leyland Motor Company (British Motor Corporation) to become British Leyland whose difficulties manufacturing quality in the 1970s ruined the intrinsic qualities of the car. In the early 1980s, the Solihull plant was used only for the production of Land Rover while the rest of the range was produced in factories formerly Austin and Morris Cowley and Longbridge respectively in England with Honda engines. Finally, British Leyland was renamed Rover Group and in 1994, BMW took control of the company and developed the Rover 75, which was released in 1998 ....



The Rover P6 is a type sedan model produced by the Rover brand from 1963 to 1977 in Solihull in England who was elected European Car of the Year in 1964. Three series will be launched in 2000 and named in 2200 and finally in 3500 refers to the various engines which equip. So in October 1963 that the P6 appears to compete mainly Triumph 2000 to the UK market. The P5 P6 succeeds who gave birth to the first cut 4 doors market well before the Germans did invent the concept and the success that goes with it. For this new car, Rover saw the big picture to mark a break as stylistic technique with aging P4 and P5. The body, a bit like a Citroen DS is attached to the monocoque in order to easily replace panels even re-stylist car cheaply, something that has never occurred, the design did hardly changed over the years. Damping side, the car has failed to have a way Citroen hydro pneumatic suspension and engine for a flat 4. Otherwise, the unusual Rover P6 had to settle for the launch of a 4 cylinder 2.0 liter engine, but had, however, 4 disc brakes, something quite rare at the time ....



The suspension of the amazing Rover P6 , however, was quite elaborate with an arm L who undertook to transmit the vertical movement of the springs positioned horizontally. This architecture, although eccentric at the time, was the main effect of free space in width. One drawback associated with this innovation was the complexity of the rear which had the unfortunate effect of reducing the volume of the box. Not content to snub the metric system, the English engineers have found a way to release unconventional space in the luggage compartment with the spare wheel that could find its place on the trunk, the collective unconscious forever associate this distinctive in this car. The cabin interior is treated in the purest English style which one is customary with thick carpets, leather good quality wood on the dashboard. Rolling lounge comfortable and quite luxurious provided the best accessories and equipment available at the time, this is what best characterizes the unusual Rover P6.



To replace the old P4, the new Rover P6 is a milestone in English production family cars. Aesthetically, it breaks with the canons of the time, and technically, it innovates in a number of areas such as the suspension or engine. It takes aesthetics involved in a project called T4 from 1960 and was interested in the propulsion through a gas turbine engine that ultimately will not be retained because it will have the beginning of a traditional 4 cylinder 2 liters and a 2.2 liter. However, the car is handy, well balanced and really fun to drive that fact that ultimately, the press and customers very much welcome the newcomer. She even became notorious a few years later because it is driving the car that Princess Grace was killed in 1982, following a stroke. A total of 322 000 copies of the Rover P6 were produced in Solihull between 1963 and 1976 before the SD1 and false airs Ferrari Daytona succeeded him ....



The astonishing Rover P6 will therefore adopt three engines during his career. A four-cylinder 2000 cc 2200 cc and then finally a big V8. The car has a 3500 cc V8 camshaft center in 1968, the original Buick block that has received some modifications for the occasion. This engine delivers a power of 135 horsepower and a torque which provides satisfactory performance for a family sedan as imposing a top speed of around 185 km / h and a 0-100 traveled in about 12 seconds. Transmission was provided by a three-speed automatic gearbox or optionally a four-speed manual gearbox. Aesthetically, during his unusual career P6 has only slightly changed by small details like vinyl on the mast between the front and rear doors, or front grille matt black plastic economy requires. Nowadays Rover P6 3500 S became a model Vintage Classic rather sought after by collectors of English fans ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: V8
  • Capacity: 3.5 Liters
  • Power: 135 horsepower
  • Speed: 185 km / h
  • Acceleration: 0 to 100 in 12'' 0



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