Rover P6 (1963 – 1977) Review

Rover P6 (1963 – 1977) At A Glance


+Comfortable, quick in V8 form, good for parts and specialists, still very capable in modern traffic

-Single carburettor 2000 is no ball of fire, thirsty in V8 form, shiny body can hide a rotten base-unit

The P6 was a radical new product for its maker - and proof it was trying to move away from the stuffy 'Auntie' image that it had been landed with over the last couple of decades. It had styling that was influenced by the Citroen DS, and possessed a skeleton structure and modern styling that really were a million miles away from the P4 (which was still in production when the P6 was launched).

The company gambled that it would appeal to traditionally conservative Rover customers, as well as attracting new ones. The bid worked, and the P6 went on to become a huge commercial success, carving out the executive sector alongside the Triumph 2000 for itself. Constantly updated throughout its life, with 2.2-litre engines and twin-carb updates.

Although the Rover 2000 was capable, in no way could it be described as quick. Yet with the installation of the ex-Buick V8 it became Rover’s first Q-car, offering Jaguar-matching pace. The P6B caught on rapidly, selling in huge numbers and becoming a favourite with lawbreakers - and enforcers. It was initially offered only as an automatic, in 1971, the 3500S was introduced, featuring a four-speed gearbox. The P6 remained this way until 1977, when it was finally replaced by the Rover SD1.

Ask Honest John

We've just retired - would it be sensible to trade-in our Skoda Yeti for a tax exempt classic?

"My wife and I have just retired and will use her small car as an everyday runabout. I have a 2010 petrol Skoda Yeti 1.8 which is relatively expensive to tax and insure and only needed for longer journeys, but we do no more than 3000 miles per year. Would replacing the Yeti with a tax free classic be a good idea to save costs, like the Rover P6 for example. Not being hands on, would this be sensible?"
Suicide to buy a 'classic' if you are not prepared to roll up your sleeves and get to work on the oily bits yourself. All classics require more regular servicing than modern cars and more goes wrong with them. P5 Rover 3500S very interesting. A technical masterpiece akin to a Citroen DS. But with all the potential problem areas that entails.
Answered by Honest John

Classic car ownership dispute - what should I do?

"I own a 1970 Rover 3500 P6. Recently after asking on a forum for information on the car (over a year ago) someone privately messaged me and said they used to own the car up to 2004. They gave fitting and potentially verifiable history and then claimed they never sold the car. What they tell me the car was parked in a friend’s garage who then moved and sold the car without telling them. He said I probably don't have a V5 as he does, yet I have a V5C from the person I brought it off in 2013 that states I’m the registered keeper. Of course V5 is not proof of ownership, but I am now scared to lose my classic, which I’ve spent lots of money on. What should I do? "
You need to lawyer up because the previous 'owner' probably relinquished his right of title to the car by walking away from it so long ago. But you can't fight this by yourself. You need professional help.
Answered by Honest John
More Questions