By the early 1960s, Rover was in desperate need of a car to shake off its old-fashioned image, so it decided to follow the most modern route possible with the P6. The car was not only a technical masterpiece, but also an incredibly smart piece of design and engineering. The body panels all bolted on to a steel skeleton frame, meaning they didn't have to carry any stress or load, while the De Dion independent rear suspension set-up was more advanced than that of many car on the market today. In-board rear disc brakes, a vacuum-operated brake boost and run-flat tyres were further innovations to be found on the model, which won Europe's inaugural Car of the Year award in 1964. A V8 version debuted in 1968 and was regarded as the ultimate luxury saloon in its day. This was initially only available as an automatic, but the manual 3500S was introduced in 1971.
Rover P6 Specifications
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