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Rover In Focus
The Rover P6, 1963-1977
2013 is the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Rover P6 2000 in 1963. Over a period of 14 years over 330,000 vehicles in various guises were produced, making it the then largest volume production Rover model. The last P6 came off the production line in March 1977. The following piece (abridged version) was written by Club Member Ian Littler.
By the early sixties, a new class of buyer had emerged - the young executive - and Rovers new P6 model, introduced in 1963, was ideally placed to exploit this new market. The Rover Company was also ahead of other companies in the introduction of a 2 litre model. By combining the traditional Rover attributes in a stylish and modern package, it was hoped to develop Rover brand loyalty among a younger generation of young British people.
The new car was a completely new design, and embodied no parts from other Rovers. That Rover had got it absolutely right was plain on the introduction of the P6 in 1963, when motoring journalists were lost for superlatives to describe the brilliance of the design and construction of the car.
The car is constructed on a massively strong "base unit", to which the external panels are bolted. The car can in fact be driven with no body panels fitted. The front suspension is a modified Macpherson strut design, with the springs bearing upon the front bulkhead in order to achieve a very low front wing line. The rear suspension is independent by de Dion tube with inboard disc brakes. The suspension strikes a fine balance between handling and ride comfort. The inherent strength and passive safety of the design meant that it was easily able to achieve compliance with the new regulations that were introduced post 1968 in the United States.
Twin carburettor and automatic models were introduced in 1967. Also at this time Rover had purchased a discontinued Buick 3.5 litre V8 with a view to giving the big P5 model (often referred to as the "poor man's Rolls Royce") improved performance. It was discovered that, with a small amount of modification, this engine could be fitted in the P6. So from 1968 the P6 could also be had as a P6B, the "B" signifying the origins of the engine. This model became known as "the business man's express".
A manual V8, the P6BS was introduced in 1972 and ran until 1975. This was the fastest of all P6s, and is still a fast car by today's standards. In 1973 the 2 litre engines were increased in capacity to 2200cc. The 2200 models were not imported into Australia although there are some private imports still in existence. Post 1972 the Rover Company in Australia concentrated on the P6B model, which was then manufactured in New Zealand from CKD kits, and thus easily imported into Australia.
Ian's P6 2000TC
All about Ian’s P6TC here.
For More History on the Rover P6 see:
display at January's Great Australian Rally organised by the
All British Classics Car Club Victoria.
Previous Photos of Rover in Focus can be seen
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VicRoads Club Permit Scheme
The new "Club Permit Scheme" has been introduced as from 1 February 2011, changes introduced include ability for Club Vehicles to use the road for any purpose for up to 90 or 45 days within the permit period and which is now logbook based. As a result Car Clubs, including RCCA, will be subject to a more formal process of accountability for the proper operation of the scheme.
RCCA now has developed a set of Guidelines for RCCA Members who wish to have their cars registered through this concession scheme. Please see details of the Scheme and how RCCA will operate within the Scheme here.
Our latest Updates for 2012 Events List here
Advertisements now accepted for publication on our web page. As well as appearing in our magazines, Viking Torque and Small Torque, if you wish to reach the wider Internet market, why not advertise your Rover here on the RCCA web pages. See details here.
If you are a prospective member or just interested in Rover cars come along to one of our Monthly Meeting. They are held every month (except for January and December) usually on the second Friday of each month at the Club Rooms,
Uniting Church Hall
Melways Ref. 45F11
commencing at 8.00pm.
These meetings are varied and include video nights, technical presentations, social nights and presentations by guest speakers from a motoring related body or organisation. These evenings also provide you with an opportunity to discuss your technical problems, and as a member locate or purchase spare parts, purchase Club Regalia or borrow from the library.
Come along and see what we are about. Check out the details of the next GM on the Events list.
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RCCA's Own Email Discussion Group
For Financial RCCA members and members of other Australian based Rover Clubs, RCCA hosts a members only Email discussion group, to discuss RCCA matters in particular but also Rover matters in general. This is not an open forum. If you would like to be part of our discussions, you can apply to Join from here, in your application to join please mention which Club you are a member of:
Spare Parts and Regalia Sales
A benefit of RCCA membership, especially for our Country and Interstate Members, is the ability to purchase Spare Parts and Club Regalia. For details of what is available to buy over the Internet please see our Spares & Regalia Page.
Archive of News & Press Releases on the collapse of MG Rover and the resurrected Chinese "Rovers"
Last updated: March 24, 2013