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Old 8th October 2017, 11:50 AM
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I remember picking a New Rover something or other in 1951/52 . It was an Apprentice's job to ferry cars around Belfast. A quality product.. but it would not get out of it's own way. Even a side valve Morris Minor of it's Day would leave it in its wake. What was it ???
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Sean, it would have been the Rover 75 "Cyclops" model, with a fog light in the middle of the Radiator grille. It was fitted with the 2.3 litre engine. Regards. Styria
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Sean, it would have been the Rover 75 "Cyclops" model, with a fog light in the middle of the Radiator grille. It was fitted with the 2.3 litre engine. Regards. Styria


Never driven one but you would have to assume there was something wrong with it to be that slow.
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P5 Manual transmission and overdrive on ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/182819764442...84.m1558.l2649
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Old 16th October 2017, 08:18 AM
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No Bryce , not that slow ... just that Side Valve Morris Minors were a wolf in Sheep's Clothing. The "52 four Door version was a much improved car. then it was ruined when Morris and Austin amalgamated. The dreadful, Early, A Series 950 cc engines and ghastly Austin gearbox. We were never done with Warranty Work till the excellent Minor 1000 was introduced and coupled with an excellent Gearbox.
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Old 17th October 2017, 06:37 PM
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P5 Manual transmission and overdrive on ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/182819764442...84.m1558.l2649
Bryce, a rare find but, considering its presentation or lack thereof, grossly overpriced. As you know, I was indeed very lucky to have done much better in Canberra - I think the price per box was about $100.00, and I bought three of them. Regards Styria
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Old 17th October 2017, 10:33 PM
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Rover also produced a quite small V8 powered car of a later vintage.
It was based on the Rover 75 (1999 - 2005)
The original '75' of this vintage had a 2.5 litre east west engine.
A 'badge engineered ' MG ZT version was also produced for the same years.

It was considerably modified for 1998 model year, to take the Modular Ford 4.6 litre V8, with a N-S alignment, and driving the rear wheels.
This engine produced 190kW, 410 Nm.
900 examples combined of the Rover 75 V8, and the MG ZT V8 were produced.

I knew they existed, but I haven't seen one in Australia, but I also can't see a reason why they should not have been officially imported into Australia.

They were direct competitors of the W202 C43 AMG


I guess that intending Australian buyers at this period in time may have also considered a V8 Holden Torana.
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Old 18th October 2017, 07:43 AM
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Now I am starting to remember, in my minds eye I can still see the single central head light and the quality interior. I also recall that the Petrol at the time ,1951, was "Pool", about 70 something Octane. Result was low compression and retarded ignition timing. No wonder they were sluggish, with a low Power to Weight Ratio. But to have a Rover back then was a sign of affluence and most other cars were sedate.

At the time in Nth Ireland ( 1950 ) a driving Licence did not require a test, Just pay 5 shillings to the Local Authority and it was issued. Also there were no Driving Schools to be taught how to drive , I just picked it up from reading Owner's Manuals which explained how to Drive in detail. Foreman in the Workshop just told me one day to move that Car, no questions asked. Same with the New Rover , just go and pick it up and work out what all the knobs were for your self !! The other Apprentice in the Shop was the same, and we never ever damaged a Car .
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Sean, I can tell a story almost matching yours. Fifty years ago (my God), I wanted to obtain a Motor Cycle licence as I wanted to ride my Husqvarna 400WR on public roads and fire trails at Macksville on the North Coast. The procedure involved a trip to the local Police Station, and the Sergeant in charge instructed me to ride my bike a 100meters down the road, make a 'U' turn and come back to my starting point. Did just that, but made sure that I signalled with my right hand that I would perform that 'U' turn.

Into the Station, and whacko, I had my Rider's Licence. Just like that !
Regarding my initial car licence, I was working for Unilever at Alexandria at the time, and of course they had a 1962 Holden Panel Van. I just about drove that into the ground on the premises, and it didn't take me long to 'soft start' in 2nd or 3rd (from memory) until I was absolutely perfect at whatever my fancy took me to do. Off to Rosebery RTA with my newly acquired second hand Rover 90, and I got my licence, no not first, but second go. I got failed pulling out from the kerb too quickly. Regards Styria
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Old 30th October 2017, 01:51 AM
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Dare I say it, but these two cars represent Rovers at their very best. Both examples are nothing short of sensational in their appearance.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

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N.B. The car, on the left, is obviously the manual 3500S version, generally fitted from factory with a modified Rover 2000 4 speed gearbox. It is fitted with 15" "Rostyle" type wheels that were standard equipment as shown on the Coupe parked alongside the 3500S. Whoever manufactured those Rostyle rims also made them in a 14" size and those were extremely rare on the P6 Rovers. With this car, I wonder what size they are ? I had that type of rim in size 15" fitted to my 3500S, but clearance against the rear guards was always a slight issue. Note that the "S" has also those very rare rear mudflaps displaying the Rover Insignia, whilst the Coupe parked alongside also feature the comparatively rare Webasto sliding sunroof. A nice feature and both of my Rover Coupes have been fitted with the same roof.

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This P5B - V8 and Borg Warner 35, has just been sold for about $8K. What a striking looking car, but showing some exterior signs of refurbishment required. I have had a closer look at the instrument panel and steering column, and I am wary of the neglected appearance of the instrument bezels (dusty and discoloured), which would make me think that the car has lacked loving care and attention. Maybe just pretty looking ?

It would be interesting to have a thorough look at this car - but doesn't the shape and lines appeal ? Regards Styria
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This P5B - V8 and Borg Warner 35, has just been sold for about $8K. What a striking looking car, but showing some exterior signs of refurbishment required. I have had a closer look at the instrument panel and steering column, and I am wary of the neglected appearance of the instrument bezels (dusty and discoloured), which would make me think that the car has lacked loving care and attention. Maybe just pretty looking ?

It would be interesting to have a thorough look at this car - but doesn't the shape and lines appeal ? Regards Styria
Was there a link to this car or a picture?
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I put 5l of petrol in my rover last night and it fired right up after not having run for a few months. It had gotten quite low and I didn't want to damage the fuel pump by running the car with no petrol in the tank. I've been impressed with the 3 liter unit - its smooth and has plenty of torque to give the car adequate performance.
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Styria, these are the photos I took for you:

IMG_1172 by Bryce Dunn, on Flickr

IMG_1171 by Bryce Dunn, on Flickr
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Is that a heater tap or a valve from the Snowy Mountains Authority?
It's huge!
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