Rover P5 & P5B: The Complete Story

Rover P5 & P5B: The Complete Story

by James Taylor


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The Rover P5 was the last great representative of traditional British luxury saloon building, with the emphasis firmly on quality rather than sportiness. Its spaciousness, refinement and wood and leather charm still command a considerable classic car following today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781861269324
Publisher: The Crowood Press UK
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Series: Complete Story Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

After graduating from Oxford and pursuing further academic studies at Reading, James Taylor spent 12 years working in central government. However, the lure of writing about cars – which he was doing in his spare time – proved too great and he decided to turn it into a career. James has now written well over 100 books in all, and among them have been several definitive one-make or one-model titles. He has written for enthusiast magazines in several countries, has translated books from foreign languages, and even delivers effective writing training in both the public and private sectors. He spent the best part of ten years as the editor of Land Rover Enthusiast magazine and has always counted the products of the old Rover Company and of Land Rover as his favourite subject. He also co-organised the “15 Years of Rover V8” event at Donington in 1982.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     6
Introduction     7
Chronology     8
Design and Development     9
The Mk I Models, 1958-1961     28
The Mk IA Models, 1961-1962     57
The Mk II Saloons, 1962-1965     73
The Coupe - Origins and Mk II Models     97
The Mk III Saloons and Coupes, 1965-1967     111
Development of the P5B     126
The 3.5-Litre and 3[fraction12]-Litre Saloons and Coupes, 1967-1973     135
Competition     162
The P5 and P5B Today     176
Index     190

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