Rover - Austin P6 Reviews

1969 Rover - Austin P6 2000TC 2.0 carb petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1969
Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 carb petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Fine engineering and driving character at rock bottom prices

Faults:

The clock didn't work, but everything else worked very well in the time I owned the old girl. The carpets and seats had seen better days.

General Comments:

My particular machine, which cost me AUD300, was painted in City Grey - not one of the strangely attractive colours of the later models.

I consider the styling timeless, and the engineering and detail design is thoughtful and sophisticated. Design features from this car were turning up for years in other cars, although no-one has bothered to imitate the odd bell-crank front suspension, and few cars have featured a weight-saving alloy bonnet (hood) and boot (trunk) lid. These were expensive.

The cobalt blue car I bought as a spare, just in case, for AUD100 was about to be sold for scrap - primarily for the value of those two aluminium body parts. As it turned out, I didn't need the spare car.

The Rover was comfortable, surprisingly quick point-to-point, and the fancy de Dion rear suspension made a mockery of speed humps and pot-holes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2011

1969 Rover - Austin P6 2000TC 2 litre SOHC from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2 litre SOHC Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carJaguar XJS

Summary:

A comfortable, if slow, tourer of fascinating design.

Faults:

A range of suspension components had to be replaced in the first year of ownership. The P6 has quite complex suspension so if the car is not young, expect to have to keep on top of it.

We did have an unfortunate Christmas Day in 2003 when the Australian heat (39 degrees in this case) proved too much for the poor thing and we were stranded twice due to apparent Vapour Lock.

Most drastically, the head had to be rebuilt due to valve failure during a club run. This included having hardened valves and inserts added to allow it to run on unleaded fuel.

Finally, the previous owner and myself had both had to replace the master brake cylinder.

General Comments:

Time has, perhaps, been unkind to the P6. As I was born almost a decade after the P6 made it's debut (1963) I was spoiled by the performance and reliability of more modern machinery. Since the head has been rebuilt performance has improved markedly, but, of course, is still no match for the (same cubic capacity) modern Alfa Romeo 156 with which it shares garage space. If one's experience is limited to more mundane vehicles of the period then the Rover must be a revelation. But if performance is your bent then find a V8 (P6B) instead.

Having said all that, one can't overlook the car's status as a great example of engineering and design innovation. The details of these have been well documented and anyone with an interest in Design and/or Engineering would be rewarded by sourcing a detailed book or video on the topic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2005

1972 Rover - Austin P6 3500 3.5L V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.5L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired93000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carTriumph 2500TC

Summary:

Excellent example of British engineering

Faults:

- 2nd gear in gearbox worn requiring a full

gearbox rebuild.

- Original buckskin leather seats worn out.

- Radiator replaced, causing overheating.

- Accelerator cable bushes worn, allowing

the accelerator to stay on temporarily.

- Monza red paint beginning to blemish.

General Comments:

At the moment the only unoriginal modification to the car is the exhaust system, which is twin pipes with Kobi mufflers, making the car sound great.

I would like to replace the SU carbs with Holley 4 barrels and a larger pan air filter, only to increase performance, but it would make the car unoriginal and expensive to run.

For any suggestions, please e-mail me at btiller@christscollege.com

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2004

1972 Rover - Austin P6 2000TC 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership1985
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carFiat 127

Summary:

Old-fashioned good engineering

Faults:

Valve seat came loose, cost a bomb to repair head and set seat back in place. Fantastic head/cam design is a real pig to work on.

Rear carburettor was so far out of tune that gas was draining into sump. Clue... steadily-falling oil pressure and steadily-rising oil-level. Note to self, don't use that tuning company again.

Exhaust header broke near bottom.

Rear end tie-bar bracket snapped, temporarily had rear-wheel steering.

Really bad brake squeal, fixed by aftermarket shims on front.

Gear lever broke off while reversing into parking spot; a little stub remained, changed gear with a mole-wrench to get to a scrapyard for a replacement.

General Comments:

Smooth, fast luxury car, the last of the true Rovers. (Apres moi, le deluge de Austin/Morris)

I really loved the full-size canvas sunroof, when open it transformed the whole car.

This car would cruise at 100mph+ all day.

I weekend-commuted 200+ miles for 6 months when it was 13 years old with only one breakdown.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2003

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 7 reviews