This Friday at the NEC Classic Motor Show, the Rover P6 Club will be ‘re-launching’ the Rover P6 to the press and public in a glittering ceremony to celebrate the car’s innovative design.
Practical Classics’ Danny Hopkins and Sam Glover – both long-term P6 fans – will be the face of the re-launch when they present the ceremony, which will kick-off the Club’s year-long campaign to raise awareness of the ground-breaking P6 sports saloons. Two cars will be unveiled to the press and public – an early 2000 and a restored 3500S – and there will be champagne, models and members of the original P6 engineering team on the stand to join in with the celebrations.
Club Secretary, Michael Allen, said “We are championing the P6 as one of the most advanced and attainable performance classics you can buy today. We think it is probably the most technologically advanced saloon car ever produced by an independent British car maker.
“We’re so pleased to have some members of the original P6 design team at the ceremony to help us celebrate this ground-breaking car, and having Danny and Sam as the face of the re-launch is just the cherry on top!
“Since the 50th anniversary last year, interest in the car has definitely increased. This can only bode well for their future survival, and we feel it is the duty of The Rover P6 Club to lead from the front in championing these exceptional and forward-looking cars.
“It’s almost too easy to forget just how ground-breaking the P6 really was. Its design, production techniques and safety features were revolutionary for a British car producer and up there with the most modern in Europe. Many of the design innovations it contributed in its 14 years of production – engineered crumple zones, printed circuit board dashboards, even the very concept of a 2-litre sports saloon – can still be seen in the executive saloons of today, 50 years on.
“Many of our members have a P6 as their only car, and use it in all weathers in daily traffic. It takes the modern urban commute in its stride like perhaps no other car of the period. Power, style and safety in equal measure!”
The Club is inviting anybody with an interest to come and take part in the launch at midday this Friday, Hall 17, stand 440 of the NEC.
Find out more about this event and the P6 by following this link to the Rover P6 Club’s website.