Rover P6

Rover P6 (2000) P6B (3500) (1963-1977)

Introduced in 1963, the stylish 2000 was a complete break with tradition (the P4 was still available). It had a monocoque base with bolt-on body panels. The OHC engine was completely new. Automatic and twin-caburettor models arrived in 1967.

1967 Rover 2000

1967 Rover 2000

Rover P6 2000 TC

1967 Rover 2000
Apart from minor detail changes like rear light style, wheel trims and badge design the P6 remained unchanged until the facelift in 1970/1. Post-1971 models are identified by re-styled black plastic radiator grille, new bonnet with bulges and wheel trim. The quarter panels were covered in black vinyl, sills were painted satin black unless a brown vinyl roof was fitted, in this case both the quarter panels and sills were brown. The Rover emblem was also moved to the bonnet. The 2200 of 1974 had a larger engine.

Rover ‘RV8’ engine

The ex-Buick 3500 engine was shoehorned into the P6 to become the Rover Three Thousand Five. Initially it was only available with Borg Warner automatic transmission. The 3500S, announced in 1971, was equipped with a 4-speed all synchromesh gearbox. 1974 cars were fitted with sundym windows and vinyl roofs.

Rover 2000Specification
EngineStraight 4, 1978cc
Power124 hp @ 5500 rpm
Top Speed167 km/h
Acceleration0-96 km/h in 14.6 sec
ChassisUnitary construction
SuspensionIndependent front, de Dion axle rear
Brakesdisc front and rear
Length4572 mm
Width1676 mm
Height1422 mm
Weight1275 kg
Rover 2000