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My first ever car journey when I was a few days old in November 1977 was done (so I'm told by my parents) in a Rover 3500 practically identical to yours belonging to a family friend, which is probably why I've always been a big fan of them. I'd love a Lunar Grey or Paprika 3500 or 3500S with black box-pleat nylon seats :)

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Fabulous.

I always like the look of a P6 on a J plate, dunno why it just looks cooler somehow. You also have the funky headrests for extra cool points.

The P6 really was one hell of a car, when you look at those you do wonder how things later went so badly (& sadly) wrong with our motor industry .

I look forward to more updates.

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3 hours ago, colc said:

The last "real" Rover....years ahead of it's time. The SD1 was a fine car, but a retrograde step in engineering terms. The P6 was a little cramped, and the four pot engines were a little asthmatic, but the the ride and handling were superb.

I agree. I replaced my 3500S with an S reg 3500 SD 1 manual a few years later. I liked the SD1, but it was nowhere near as quick as the P6. My P6 would spin the wheels in 2nd gear. The interior of the P6 - especially the instruments and switches were superb-much better than the SD1.

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I think it would be fair to say that the P6 was Rover's attempt to shoehorn English speaking people into a Citroen DS type of vehicle; a partial success.  With a great big dollop of hindsight, Rover should have persevered with the P5 V8 type of vehicle, perhaps morphing into something that might have given BMW a drubbing. 

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This is a cracking car and a major case of deja vu for me. On getting my first job I spent my entire first pay check on this beauty, despite it FTPing on the test drive. It was the cheapest way into a V8 and I had no idea what an accomplished drive they were. I loved it and only sold it for a deposit on my first house. It sadly resurfaced on eBay many years later in a right state, which made me quite sad. Enjoy yours!

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The SD1 is still a great car (on the list to experience the ecstasy and agone someday) but the P6 is lightyears ahead in design and engineering moreso when compared to my newer designed XJ I will be keeping  this updated as soon as I have a space and place of my own to work on itShall do next week. 

 

I've got this PAS wheel to fit at some point soon I hope as it has PAS but a std wheel currently.

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23 hours ago, Dick Longbridge said:

Just one thing though, where's the video of the V8 startup and revving?!

 

Oh if you insist.  😁 Will do when I can get over to where its stored I the next week or so.

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1 hour ago, somewhatfoolish said:

Why did they have different wheels for PAS and non-PAS? Just bragging rights? What's the difference between them?

Probably size? Bigger wheel is needed if you don't have PAS to give the mechanical assistance to help turn it. 

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2 hours ago, somewhatfoolish said:

Why did they have different wheels for PAS and non-PAS? Just bragging rights? What's the difference between them?

The non power steering wheel is larger to give you more leverage. The power steering wheel is, in my opinion, a much nicer thing. It really needs power steering in a car of this class.

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On 1/5/2021 at 3:23 PM, 2flags said:

The non power steering wheel is larger to give you more leverage. The power steering wheel is, in my opinion, a much nicer thing. It really needs power steering in a car of this class.

Pretty much it. Non PAS ones are about 1 1/2" - 2"  bigger diameter and plastic coated/finished and actually nice but the rim is far to thin. PAS ones are smaller and leather wrapped rim and spokes. I wanted it as it looked better to my eyes and also for ease of use as the std wheel is huge. 

5 hours ago, Tamworthbay said:

What a cracker, one of the best U.K. made saloons ever. I need to get another soon.

Get one, and I will say this to anyone.. they are hideously undervalued  especially in V8 form.  A doddle to work on mechanically -rear in board brakes aside.  The nature of the base unit construction means you can customise  them to taste, want a sunroof - it's a non structural panel so swap it. Its superbly comfy and has good road manners . Credit to rover they did invent the hot rod performance sport saloon  in the 60s with the 2000TC and the V8

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Mostly quiet on the Welsh fro t, tho that will change now I've  had an offer on a house accepted - double garage and garden hard standing. Took it for a good run yesterday (and steadfastly ignored how dirty it was, and the snag and niggle lit I want to sort.. and the PAS wheel to fit.. and the P4 visors).

The house news also means more chod (much, much more).  and I've my eye on a Manual 3500 S, the only snag is  its 200 miles away in Sheffield 😖🤦‍♂️

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