Rover P5

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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.

Mark I

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,...
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