1969 Rover - Austin P6 2000TC 2.0 carb petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Fine engineering and driving character at rock bottom prices
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.
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