Rover introduced a completely new model in 1958, the Rover P5 3-Litre. The 3-Litre was not intended to sell along side the established P4 series and never actually replaced it. Unlike the P4 the 3-Litre featured a unitary chassis and was considerably larger than the older model. The engine retained its traditional overhead inlet/side exhaust valve layout but had a larger capacity (2995cc) than the Rover 90.
Although some early examples had drum brakes most P5 3 Litres had disc brakes at the front with servo assistance. Automatic transmission was available as an extra along with power steering. The 3-Litre had elegant four door coachwork and was a popular choice amongst Royalty and Government departments for non-ceremonial uses.
Buyers Guide Rover P5 1958-1973 featured in Practical Classics July 2011 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click Here to view