In 1965, Rover's Managing Director, William Martin-Hurst, secured the tooling and production rights to the '215' V8 engine from Buick. Rover redeveloped the engineering and launched it at the end of 1967 which, along with some other modifications, transformed their already highly regarded and successful P5 flagship into the P5B. The new aluminium V8 was significantly lighter and considerably more powerful than its predecessor, delivering 160bhp and a massive leap in torque to 210lb per ft. at 2600rpm, vastly improving pace, comfort, balance, handling, economy and reliability. Rover's only gearbox capable of handling such power was the Borg Warner Typre-35 automatic. Rover now possessed a formidable sporting saloon to take on the finest from Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar. Solihull production soon doubled to keep up with orders. Presented in Silver Birch over Admiralty Blue with a Webasto sunroof and a buckskin leather interior, this vehicle was supplied new by Rover main agents, C.H. Truman of Nottingham. It has had just four owners from new; the last but one looking after it for over 25 years. It benefits from the complete tool kit under the dashboard as well as the original handbook an
This 1970 Rover P5B 3.5 litre Coupe Left Hand Drive has been converted with a raced tuned TVR engine to compete in serious Rally events! A wonderful use for this iconic British luxury saloon! The final version of the now famous Rover P5 started production in September 1967, now powered by the 3.5 litre engine Rover had developed from an all alloy Buick unit (hence the P5B). The P5B became a favourite of high ranking Government ministers and served as Prime Ministerial transport for Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher! Even Queen Elizabeth owns an Arden Green Rover P5B!!