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Rover P5B

Rover P5B

The P5 was a real landmark car for Rover. As well as being the first model from the British maker to use unitary construction, it was also one of the most stylish cars on the market thanks to the design genius of its creator, David Bache. A svelte-looking Coupe variant joined the line up in 1963 with a chopped roofline to give it a more dynamic appearance, transforming it from a robust luxury saloon into a desirable grand tourer. But the most significant change in the P5's production cycle would come in 1967, after Rover acquired all rights to an alloy V8 engine designed by Buick. The compact unit wasn't popular in the States, but was just the thing Rover needed to move its product range forward. The famous 'Rover V8' went on to power over 70 different series production models, including cars from Land Rover, Morgan and TVR.

Rover P5B Specifications

Top speed:110 mph (178 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):12.4 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:215 ci (3,528 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:161 bhp (120 kW) at 5,200 rpm
Max torque:210 lb ft (285 Nm) at 2,600 rpm
Weight:3,479 lb (1,566 kg)
Economy:20 mpg (7.1 km/I)
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