A real landmark in car design, the Rover P6 set new standards for performance and refinement when it first appeared in 1963 and was immediately voted ‘Car of the Year’.
A luxury four-door family saloon with a well-appointed interior, the P6 featured an all steel monocoque central cell onto which all the outer body panels were bolted including an aluminium bonnet and boot lid. Suspension was independent all round and employed a de Dion tube arrangement at the rear which enabled the car to remain level at high cornering speeds. Servo-assisted four-wheel disc brakes were also fitted, with the rear discs being mounted inboard.
It was so advanced from the outset that it never needed much in the way of facelifts throughout its 13-year production run. Initially only available with a 104bhp 2-litre engine, a more sporting 124bhp twin-carb 2000TC was available from 1966 which could sprint to 60mph in 11 seconds on its way to a top speed of 110mph with improved Girling disc brakes to bring it safely to a halt. The P6 range continued to sell in healthy numbers until the arrival of the ‘flying wedge’ SD1 cars in 1976.
This 1970 2000 SC (Single Carburettor) was specified in Tobacco Leaf brown with cream leather upholstery and an automatic gearbox. Its first owner kept it until 1987, its second until 1997 and its third until 2008 when it came into the hands of the vendor, joining his sizeable collection of classic vehicles.
He recommissioned it after a period of storage, converting the head to run on unleaded fuel in 2011, fitting new brake calipers in 2011 and fresh carpets in 2015. It is MOTd until September 2016 and comes with three old MOTs and a workshop manual in the document file.
This smart looking ‘everyday’ classic has covered around 2,500 enjoyable miles since being put back on the road in 2008 and is only being offered for sale because the vendor feels he must reduce the size of his fleet to more manageable proportions.