talk about Rover cars, they usually think of a hand-built model, well
engineered, good-looking, and an ideal professional manīs car.
launch - as they are launching today - a surprise new model with an accent on
quick performance and last-minute design, then that means motoring excitement.
car, from a Ģ10.500.000 specially-built factory, is the Rover 2000, a sloping,
slinky thoroughbred with a 2-litre, overhead camshaft 4-cylinder engine
producing 90 brake horse power.
question, Rover engineers have brought out an enormously zippy and graceful
motor car that sets new standards.
thing they have done is to discard the normal upright positioning of the
independent suspension front coil springs. Instead, the new model has its coil
springs horizontally mounted so that the stresses and reactions are taken up by
the box-section steel bulkhead between engine and passenger compartment. This,
with de Dion sliding tube back suspension (the rear wheels always remain
parallel) gives an incredibly shock-proof ride, steady and sure, through corners
and bends at really high speeds.
idea can cut the cost of minor swipes. The car has a skeleton on which all the
chassis components, electrical equipment and ancillaries are already mounted.
is driven and tested before the individual, already-painted panels, doors and
roof are bolted on. Because panels are made already finished and painted, a
repair job can be completed just by fitting a new panel, saving time and cost.
three-day road test I took this gay and extremely efficient newcomer over
hundreds of miles of wooded country, on motorways and through dense traffic.
Cruising was well in the 90īs. In first gear I got 30 miles an hour; second gear
55 miles an hour; third gear 83 miles an hour; and flat out I just topped 104
miles an hour.
capacity is 1.978cc, it has a 9 to 1 compression ratio, and the bore and stroke
are equal at 85.7 mm. This whisks the car about with consummate ease, helped by
a first-class power to weight ratio, the car weighs only 23.75cwt.
2000 is light on petrol. It gave me a touring fuel consumption at 65 mph of a
little more than 27 miles to the gallon, and at constant speeds the figures
My hours of
driving proved that the front seats give high-speed comfort with fine support
during rapid cornering. There is ample fore and aft adjustment for drivers of
any length, and the backrests can be adjusted and locked in any position from
vertical to fully reclining.
At the back,
passengers sit in two well-formed individual seats, again designed for elegant
and luxurious fast touring, and there is room for a third person there when the
centre armrest is folded up.
is in African walnut grain, and the instruments are grouped in a neat
rectangular panel, easy to read through the dished two-spoke steering wheel.
Switches are to hand in a row on the dashboard rail, recognisable by symbol,
shape and movement. Parcels go on an accessible shelf and the heating system is
simple to work and highly efficient.
particularly liked the large fresh-air vents set into the rail in front of the
driver and passenger with an adjustable flap to direct any amount of cooll air
to any level.
Then I tried
the getaway times:
0 to 30 mph
0 to 40 mph
0 to 50 mph
0 to 60 mph
0 to 70 mph
0 to 80 mph
remarkable times were made possible by the quick response of a simple robust
5-crankshaft engine that is 100lb. lighter than previous 2-litre Rover engines.
change is by a short remote-control lever operating a sweet four-speed,
well taken care of, with power-assisted Dunlop discs front and back, the rear
ones being mounted inboard. Only the slightest touch is needed on the brake
At one point
I had a load to carry and this fitted cosily in a 16 1/4 cubic foot boot. The
spare wheel is fitted vertically on the left-hand side but it can also be stowed
flat on the floor, or, for those who want more room in the boot, it can be
mounted on the outside of the boot lid as an optional extra.
making a spirited bid to capture the interest of the younger senior executive
type with their own model. He is likely to have housing and young family
responsibilities, they said, and although he would like a car which is something
out of the ordinary in quality, performance and refinement, he canīt pay too
much for it.
2000 comes in as answer, and my, how reasonably priced it is at Ģ1.046 plus Ģ218
purchase tax, a total of Ģ1.264. This price comes between the Rover 95 saloon
(Ģ1236) and the 110 saloon (Ģ1381), both of which are being continued along with
the 3-litre saloon and coupé models.
investment of Ģ10.500.000 on the Rover 2000 project, including a new factory at
Solihull, for the specific production of one model, is far-sighted, and will hit
the jackpot. The new car is up to the minute in design, fast, zestful, and still
with the Rover tradition of quality first.
EXPRESS / UK 1963