Rover P6B 3500
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 2
Rover introduced the V8 version of the P6 in April 1968
as the Three Thousand Five saloon, a designation it would carry until late 1970
when it became known as the 3500.
This luxurious saloon basically shared the body and most of the features of the smaller engined 2000 P6
saloon that was introduced in 1963
, including the de Dion rear suspension
and four wheel disc brakes, however it was only available with automatic transmission
to begin with.
The Buick designed engine was already in use in the Rover P5B Saloon
and Coupe giving those cars excellent performance, but in this lighter car it was even more impressive. In 1970
the car received changes to the interior and exterior trim in line with updates to the 2000 saloons, such as a redesigned front grille and improved instrumentation.
with the introduction of the 3500 S saloon, manual transmission
arrived, with the automatic continuing in production as the 3500. The manual car benefited from improved performance, although in late 1973
all engines were detuned somewhat to meet exhaust
emission legislation, and performance suffered slightly as a consequence.
Also in 1973
the Rover 3500 range gained the option of being fitted with the new Dunlop Denevo run-flat safety tyres
which could, even under complete deflation, keep the car stable. The Rover 3500 & 3500 S were both discontinued in March 1977
Rover 3500 Trivia
September 2007 marked the 25th anniversary of the death of actress Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco who was a P6 fan. While driving with her daughter Stephanie to Monaco from their country home on September 13, 1982, Princess Grace, then 52, suffered a stroke, causing her Rover 3500 to plunge down the mountainside.
Princess Grace died the next day without regaining consciousness. Princess Stephanie suffered only minor injuries. It was rumoured that she had been driving on the same stretch of highway that had been featured in her 1955 movie To Catch a Thief, although her son says that it was not.Princess Grace is interred in Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco and Prince Rainier was buried alongside her following his death in 2005. Nearly 100 million people worldwide watched her funeral on television.