Rover (P6) 3500 (2+2a+2b+2c+2d) ️️️
(1970, Rover 3500, Mk1 (P6 series) ... The short story – extracts: The Rover P6 series first marketed the River 2000 (the 2.0-litre); a relatively compact four-door sedan, which was yet spacious inside. Innovative suspension and clever glass-topped lights – making all four corners of the car visible to the driver in the dark – helped earn it the inaugural European Car of the Year award in 1974. It had decent performance and in 1966 a twin-carb option was introduced, and gave it a welcoming boost in performance. But the big change came in April 1968, when a US-sourced Buick 3.5-litre V8 engine was dropped in ... the “Rover 3500” was born – and it was, by the standards of the day, considered as “a bit of a beast” .
Rover introduced the V8 version of the P6 as the Three Thousand Five sedan, a designation it would carry until late 1970, when it became known as the “3500”. This luxurious sedan basically shared the body and most of the features of the smaller engined 2000 P6 sedan that was introduced in 1963, including the de Dion rear suspension and four wheel disc brakes, however it was only available with automatic transmission to begin with. The Buick designed engine was already in use in the Rover P5B Sedan and Coupe giving those cars excellent performance, but in this lighter car it was even more impressive. In 1970 the car received changes to the interior and exterior trim in line with updates to the 2000 sedans, such as a redesigned front grille and improved instrumentation (the car in my photos is though still a Rover 3500 Mk1 from 1970 with the “old trim” ).
In 1971 with the introduction of the 3500 S sedan, manual transmission arrived, with the automatic continuing in production as the 3500. The manual car benefited from improved performance, although in late 1973 all engines were detuned somewhat to meet exhaust emission legislation, and performance suffered slightly as a consequence. The Rover 3500 & 3500 S were both discontinued in March 1977.
Disclaimer: I might not personally know neither the owner nor the car, so I can’t guarantee the period originality of the car in my photos). - 1 hour ago