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Designer: David Bache
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Rover P4
The Rover P4 was intended to re-start Rover sales after World War Two, but development was not finished by 1945 and resources were being used on the Land-Rover. Instead Rover bought time by launching the traditional-looking Rover P3 in '60' and '75' versions based on a new chassis and two new engines. The P500/P501/P502 prototypes were based on the new P3 chassis and engine, clothed in bodies so close to the Studebaker Champion that these prototypes were known as 'Roverbakers'. Maurice Wilks oversaw the body design by Harry Loker, and even insisted on the central foglamp which got the P4 named 'Cyclops' at launch in 1949. The first model was the '75' with a 2103cc straight-6 engine from the P3 and an improved chassis from that car. In 1953 the 4-cylinder 1997cc engine from the Land-Rover was given to the cheaper Rover 60, and a more expensive Rover 90 introduced with a 2639cc 6-cylinder engine. Various other upgrades were introduced, with the 75 becoming 80, the 90 becoming the 100 and later 105. The final models were the 95 and 110. The 'cyclops' front gave way to a new grille and front from March 1952 and the rear window was widened. The second restyle was given in 1955 by David Bache when he enlarged the boot, gave a 3-piece rear window and tidied up the frontal styling. Production ended in 1964.
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Rover 60 (P4) - Grille badge
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Rover 75 (P4) MkII - badge
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Rover 80 (P4) - badge
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Rover 90 (P4) - Grille badge
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Rover 100 (P4) - Grille badge
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Rover 75 (P4). This is the original Rover P4 launched in 1949, with central "cyclops' lamp. Very quickly this lamp became illegal in many countries and was replaced by a plain chrome disk. By 1952 it was replaced by a new style grille.
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Rover 60 (P4) - Grille (1956+)
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Rover 60 (P4). In 1956 all P4 Rovers were given revised front wings with high mounted indicators and remounted headlamps, as shown on this 1958 60.
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Rover 75 (P4). Sometimes called the 'cyclops' because of its central headlight, this is the original Rover P4 launched in 1949. The central lamp was removed in 1952 and a different grille was fitted.
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Rover 75 MkII (P4). Post cyclops (1949-52) and pre- 'high lamps' (1957)
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Rover 90 (P4) 1954. The Rover 90 of 1954 started off with the same front that the revised 75 received in 1952.
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Rover 100 (P4). The 'high sidelamp' P4 front
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Rover 105 (P4). Using a tuned version of the 2639cc 6cylinder engine from the Rover 90, the 105 had 108bhp
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Rover 110 (P4) - bonnet badge
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Rover 100 (P4) - bonnet scoop
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Rover 75 (P4). This is the one-piece rear window of the original Rover 75, it is narrower than the 1954 Rover 90 window. In 1955 all Rover P4 cars were given 3-piece wraparound rear screens
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Rover 90 (P4). This is the one-piece rear window of the 1954 Rover 90, similar but wider than the rear window of the sibling Rover 75. In 1955 all Rover P4 cars were given 3-piece wraparound rear screens
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Rover 60 (P4). Tail light from the post 1955 Rover P4
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Rover 75 (P4) - tail light
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Rover 75 MkII (P4). In 1954 the Rover 75 got a revised front shown here without cyclops spotlamp, and with low level indicators. The high lamps front came in 1957.
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Rover 80 (P4). Lamps from the 'highlamp' front given to Rover P4 in 1957. This cheaper Rover does not have the chrome 'lamp checker' found on the 6cylinder Rovers
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Rover 105 (P4). Lamps from the 'highlamp' front given to Rover P4 in 1957. The little chrome 'bump' just above the headlamp reflected the sidelamps to the driver so that he could check if they were working.
Rover 1060 1958 front
Rover 60 (P4). In 1953 Rover put the 4cylinder 1997cc Land Rover engine into the P4 to produce the Rover 60. This is a 1958 version and the model ceased production in 1959.
Rover 1060 1958 rear
Rover 60 (P4). For 1955 David Bache redesigned the original 'ducktail' boot of the Rover P4 and gave it this taller squarer boot, and a 3-piece wraparound rear window.
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Rover 75 (P4). This is the tail of the 'cyclops' Rover 75, often called a 'ducktail'. David Bache gave all P4 cars a higher squarer boot in 1955..
Rover 1075 MkI front
Rover 75 (P4). The famous 'cyclops' Rover P4, launched at the 1949 motorshow, it kept its single spotlight until 1952 and was then given a simpler grille.
Rover 1075 MkII front
Rover 75 MkII (P4). In 1954 the Rover 75 got a revised front and wraparound rear window. The Cyclops central spotlight was gone. In 1955 the engine was raised from 2103cc to 2230cc. In 1957 the 75 MkII got a new highlamp front in common with other P4s.
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Rover 75 MkII (P4). The Rover 75 was launched in 1949 with 2103cc engine, and in 1955 it was given a 2230cc engine. The 'cyclops' grille was changed in 1949 to the one with low sidelamps seen here.
Rover 1080 front
Rover 80 (P4). This is the second 4cylinder P4 replacing the sluggish P60 with a 2286cc straight 4 in 1959. Production ended after 3years and just 5900
Rover 1090 1954 front
Rover 90 (P4). The Rover 90 was introduced in 1954 as a more powerful brother to the 75 and was given a 2638cc 6 cylinder engine.
Rover 1090 1954 rear
Rover 90 (P4). The Rover 90 was introduced in 1954 and had the same "ducktail" boot as the 'cyclops' Rover 75. This original boot is seen on this 1954 car. In 1955 David Bache re-designed the rear of all Rover P4 cars, giving them a squarer tail and a higher boot line.
Rover 1090 1956 rear
Rover 90 (P4) - this view shows a post-1955 Rover 90 with the higher bootline and 3-piece rear window. This car also has the higher bonnet and revised lights introduced in 1956.
Rover 1100 front
Rover 100 (P4). In 1960 Rover swept away the Rover 90 and the faster Rover 105 with the Rover 100. Using a new 2625cc developed from the larger P5 3-litre engine, this gave 104bhp. 16,600 were sold
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Rover 100 (P4). Launched after the 3-litre P5, the Rover 100 benefitted from receiving a 104bhp 2625cc version of that engine. 16,251 were sold
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Rover 100 (P4). The Rover 100 was sold from 1960 to 1962 and is considered the best P4. It benefitted from the launch of the Rover P5 and gained a 2625cc version of the P5 3litre engine.
Rover 1100 rear
Rover 100 (P4). Showing the higher tail and wraparound rear window designed by David Bache in 1955 this is the range-topping Rover 100 (1960-62)
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Rover 100 (P4). Sold from 1960 to 1962 the Rover 100 had dished wheels for disc brakes and a widened rear track. Overdrive was a standard fitment on this car.
Rover 1105 front
Rover 105 (P4). In 1956 the 105 model was created using the 2639cc 6cylinder engine from thr Rover 90, but now tuned to 108bhp. The 105 also had better trim outside and more comfort inside. There were 2 models, the 105R with a Rover automatic transmission and the 105S with manual.
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Rover 110 (P4). In 1962 the Rover 100 was given a more tuned 123bhp engine and became the Rover 110 which ran to 1964 and sold 1600.
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Rover 110 (P4). The final P4 Rover produced from 1962-64. Doors were no longer aluminium, and the P4 gained such luxuries as electric washers and stainless wheel trims
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Rover 100 (P4). This is the profile of the post 1956 Rover P4 with David Bache boot (1955 on) and high front wings (1956 on)
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Rover 110 (P4). The unmistakable profile of the Rover P4 with 'suicide' (rear-hinged) rear doors.
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This is the tail of the 'Cyclops' Rover 75 before David Bache gave all P4 cars a higher squarer boot in 1955.
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Rover 90 (P4). This is the tail of the 1954 Rover 90 before David Bache gave all P4 cars a higher squarer boot in 1955. Notice that the rear window is wider than the original Rover 75 window.
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Rover 100 (P4) - rear wheel; the dished wheel of the Rover 100 (for disc brakes)
Rover 75 (P4) Drophead
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