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
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.
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.
|Engine||Straight 4, 1978cc|
|Power||124 hp @ 5500 rpm|
|Top Speed||167 km/h|
|Acceleration||0-96 km/h in 14.6 sec|
|Suspension||Independent front, de Dion axle rear|
|Brakes||disc front and rear|