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The definitive history of the dignified Rover P4 from 1949 until 1964, which includes Marauder and jet-powered, experimental cars. Affectionately known as the ‘auntie’ Rovers, these models have become much-loved classics and represent the epitome of Britishness.
Nowadays affectionately known as the 'Aunty' Rover, the dignified P4 series of cars was launched in 1949 to carry Britain's Rover company into the postwar era. Rover's well-deserved reputation for building high quality cars, and the marque's upmarket image, ensured that the P4 series appealed to the company's traditional clientele - doctors, solicitors, bank managers and others of similar social rank.Despite the rather staid image of the P4 series, over the years the cars had many interesting features like the original 'Cyclops' central headlight, disc brakes, a freewheel device and overdrive. The larger-engined versions were also rather nifty and could whoosh their occupants along at a very unauntie-like pace!Production continued through several model variations - but always with four or six-cylinder engines - until 1964. In the meantime, Rover experimented with gas turbine power units in P4 bodies and created the famous JET 1. The Marauder sports car was also P4-based. An amazing number of the sturdy P4s have survived to the present day and most are now enjoyed and cherished by enthusiasts.
It’s an enjoyable read and there is a fair amount of useful info for owners and prospective buyers.
Classic Car Weekly
... the comprehensive story of the P4 "aunties" ...
The "Aunty" Rover encompassed the 60, 75, 80, 90, 95, 100, 105 and 110 models, and all are given good coverage in Bobbitt's book. The book is well-produced on quality art paper ...
Classic Car Mart magazine
It is richly illustrated with photos, line drawings and sales brochure reproductions covering all models from every angle ... Would I recommend it? Yes, it's a must for owners of these fine vehicles, and compelling reading for any classic car enthusiast.
Runes (magazine of the Association of Rover Clubs)
... a comprehensive chronological history of this important series of cars. ... this book brought back to me many happy and largely forgotten memories.
The Automobile magazine