The Rover P5 story started in the early 1950s, but the car then visualised turned out to be very different from the one that was launched in 1958. Maurice Wilks envisaged the car as a ‘light P4’ with, what was called, ‘floor-cum-chassis construction’.
Other requirements were that it had to be as well-built, and as refined as previous-generation Rovers. Also, that it had to be cheaper to buy – at around £650 – and to manage 30mpg.
Here’s its story
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