The Rover P5
series (commonly called 3-Litre
and 3½ Litre
for the engine displacement) was a group of large saloon
and coupé automobiles
produced from 1958 until 1973. It was a much larger car than the P4
which in some respects it replaced.
Sometimes called "the poor man's Rolls-Royce
", the P5 was extremely popular with United Kingdom Prime Ministers
and government officials of its day. Even the Queen
is said to have favoured driving her P5.
The P5 appeared in September 1958, badged as the "3-litre". It was powered by a engine. This straight-6 F-head
engine used an overhead
intake valve and side exhaust valve, an unusual arrangement inherited from the Rover P4
. In this form, output of was claimed. An automatic transmission
, overdrive on the manual, and power steering were optional with overdrive becoming standard from May 1960.
Stopping power came originally from a Girling brake system that employed drums all round, but this was a heavy car and by the time of the London Motor Show
in October 1959 Girling front-wheel power discs brakes
had appeared on the front wheels.
The suspension was independent at the front using wishbones and torsion bars and at the rear had a live axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs.
A Mark I-A line, introduced in September 1961, featured a minor restyle with added front quarter windows,... Read More