MG Sports Cars

engine swaps and other performance upgrades, plus "factory" and Costello V8s

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Oldbloke
Jim Legg
Napa, California
(93 posts)

Registered:
01/24/2013 03:24PM

Main British Car:
1970 Rover P6 3500S Rover 3.5L V8

My V8 Rides
Posted by: Oldbloke
Date: December 16, 2021 04:19PM

Well, the MG with V6 went to a new caretaker. My body just hasn't the flexibility to crawl in, under, around and through the MG, Can't quite let the hobby go, so have kept a stock BGT. The British V8 cars still appeal to me and the creature comforts of A/C. power steering, etc. were found in two Rover 3500S P6s. Light weight body panels with the 3.5 L motor with mods including fast road cam and 4-Bbl carb on both checks most my boxes. Comfortable distance cruisers and can surprise sporty cars in the twisties.
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88v8
Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
(993 posts)

Registered:
02/11/2010 04:29AM

Main British Car:
1974 Land Rover Lightweight V8

Re: My V8 Rides
Posted by: 88v8
Date: December 30, 2021 04:24AM

Very nice.

Over here in the UK, these cars have long been undervalued in all models from the 2000SC upwards.
Come to that, no Rover models are particularly sought after, although perhaps the P5b - the Prime Ministerial model - has had more of a following and is one of the models that periodically tempts me.

The P6 was real cutting edge for Rover, and yes its De Dion axle does give good handling. There are a few smart examples around, one here for instance with 34,000 miles and one owner at 15,000 / $20,000 [www.ebay.co.uk]

And edit to mention, just look at the pics of that car. A time capsule of the bits & bobs that keen owners hung on their cars back then... the badges, the fog and spot lights, the aerofoils on the wiper arms, the warning light on the door edge, the spare wheel on the boot. The salesman must have been happy.

On the whole though, they remain an underappreciated car.

And again, over here, they rust.
The P6, the P5, the P4, they all rust and because of their low value they tend not to get well repaired.
I guess in Napa you won't have that particular problem :}

Ivor



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/30/2021 04:32AM by 88v8.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4526 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: My V8 Rides
Posted by: Moderator
Date: January 01, 2022 05:12PM

I think the V8 Rovers are wonderful.

Lately, my interest in earlier Rovers has been stirred by the one featured in the new "All Creatures Great and Small" series on BBC.

If you're not familiar, check it out here:
Siegfriend Farnon's 1935 Rover 12hp Tourer


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