1972 Rover - Austin P6 2000TC 2.0 from UK and Ireland
A car from the best of the old-school
A 31-year old car...
A temperamental oil pressure gauge.
This is when the British car industry was at its best making very advanced cars for the time.
The 2000TC was only the one up from the lowest spec 2000 SC (Single Carb).
Yet, this car has...
All round disk brakes (servo assisted)
An instrumentation set that would shame a £40,000 BMW (Oil pressure, Electric Current, Temp, Oil Temp, Rev counter, Speedo, Trip, oil light, ignition light, choke light)
Not to mention a totally adjustable seating position and the steering wheel adjusts for rake.
Two different internal lighting set ups.
Intermittent wipers, electric screen washer jets.
Passenger heating vents and front and face vents, just behind the steering wheel.
In fact most of the mod-cons you'd find in a car today.
But it's when you drive it, you realise a lot of effort went into the suspension and handling. I failed to avoid a pothole and gritting my teeth expecting a almighty thunk, it rode over the pothole without so much as a dip or wobble. It's a very solid car with and incredibly stiff chassis and yet very supple and pliant suspension. I was aiming the thing at potholes just to feel how the 31-year old car could just traverse it without so much as a sound or shake.
The 2 litre twin carb engine can easily keep up with traffic, it's a bit gruff, but it a pleasant gruffness and happily cruises in 4th at 30mph at a meagre 1500 rpm.
A lot of car manufacturers today could learn a lot from a Rover P6.
To sum up the experience of driving the car for the first time, it was the most fun I'd had since I immediately passed my test.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd May, 2003
27th May 2004, 14:02
I enjoyed reading this review and agree with most of the observations, but I don't think the Austin reference is really quite correct. I've never seen or heard of these cars being referred to as Austins other than in this article.
Rover company wasn't part of British Leyland when they designed and built the P6's and the original Land Rovers. After they became part of the fold of the nationally owned company it's name at some point eventually changed from British Leyland to Austin Rover and then to Rover Group, which is now called MG Rover I think.