Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Rover P5B

The Rover P5B must have been the inspiration for the Chrysler 300.

The P5B was the first car to use the aluminium V8 engine design that Rover purchased from Buick and improved upon (Later this engine would power the Rover P6 and SD1, Range Rover, Australian Leyland P76, Morgan, TVR and other sports cars). This car is a rare example of muscular British styling, luxury and performance. It has a beautiful dashboard with large gauges grouped in a pod in front of the driver. The sporty Rostyle wheels are in contrast to deliberately brutish looks.

It was frightening for this small boy to see a P5B coming down the street. The top of the bonnet was level with the top of my head, and I thought the driver wouldn't see me.

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