Rover P5B 3500 V8 rally, 1968
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Rover P5B 3500 V8 rally, 1968

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Rover P5B 3500 V8 rally car, year 1968. Colour white with a black rally interior. This car was specially build for the 1993 London to Sydney trail. The car is a Rover P5B Mark 3 from the year 1968, fitted with a Rover 3.5 liter V8 engine and 5-speed manual gearbox. The automobile is fitted with a full CRMO roll cage and protected engine compartment, 120 Litre fuel tank, Koni shock dampers, heavy duty spring leaves and large AP295 brakes. A new Quaife LSD differential and wiring loom are fitted. In the interior two Recaro sports seats are fitted, 4-point safety harnesses, a mechanical Tripmaster and a hydraulic handbrake. All fuel lines, wiring and brake lines are mounted through the interior. For extra safety the chassis was reinforced, front- and rear bars are fitted. The car competed and finished in many events like: 1993 London - Sydney, 1996 The London - Cape Town, 1998 The Inca Trail (South America), 2003 The Winter Trail.

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The Rover P5 was launched in 1958 as an alternative to the expensive Jaguars and Daimlers. From the very start, the P5 sold well in this segment, and Rover was hardly able to cope with the demand. The Rover P5 was immensely popular in England among members of the government, and among other dignitaries. Even Queen Elisabeth had one, and rumor has it that the Rover P5 was her favorite car in which she loved to drive herself.

The P5 had a 3-litre six-cylinder in-line engine. In 1962, the P5 MKII came onto the market as a sedan and a 4-door coupe variant. The latter had a lowered roof, which gave the car a more sporty and rather indomitable look.

In 1967, the P5B was on the market with a 3.5-litre V8 engine. The design of this engine was bought from the American Buick Company, which used the engine in the Buick Special and the Oldsmobile F85. In a developed form, this unbreakable aluminium V8 engine is still used in the Range Rover, the Morgan Plus Eight and other British sports cars.

The production of the P5 was stopped in 1973. However, the car was so popular with the British government that in 1973 a great number of the last produced P5Bs were bought up to provide delight for years to come. The P5 thus served the British government well until the end of the 1980s.

Technical data

V8 engine
2 SU carburettors
cylinder capacity: 3532 cc
capacity: 184 SAE bhp. at 5200 rpm.
torque: 300 Nm at 3000 rpm.
top-speed: 185 -200 km/h.
gearbox: 5-speed, manual (modification)

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