History of Rover


The British car company Rover specializes in the production of Jeeps and cars. The founder of this brand are considered to be William Sutton and John Kemp, Starly. In 1887 he opened a Bicycle factory, which since 1889, released cars. At first they were a very simple crews, equipped with engine capacity of eight horsepower. Gradually, the concern was able to gain a firm foothold in the market of mid-sized vehicles. Produced attractive and slightly improved model, which included the sedan "Rover Twelve". For the first time he was introduced in 1911. The power of its engine was already twenty-eight HP and speed could reach up to eighty miles an hour.

In 1918 there is a new version of our familiar Rover 12 called Rover 14. But lost its popularity Rover 8 decided to replace it with a new model Rover 9/20. And it happened in 1924. Rover 14 is also rapidly losing popularity, so it was decided to invite the Norwegian designer Peter Pope. He is working on a new model called the Rover 14/45. This innovation had a number of revolutionary solutions, for example, engine with hemispherical combustion chambers. However, in 1925, this model was replaced by a newer 16/50. The motor it had a volume of 2.4 liters.

Legendary Rover 16hp Light Six saw the world in 1928. It has featured a new six-cylinder engine, the creation of which worked all the same Peter Poppe. And I must admit, the engine was a success! Because this model was able to overtake the legendary at the time of high-speed train "Blue train" that ran through the whole of France. And here's a Rover quite enjoyed his well-deserved fame!

In the thirties, the group tried to enter the automotive market of the highest class. High-speed Rover 14 Speed, with the ability to reach speeds of up to one hundred thirty miles per hour, debuted in 1932. Different from this novelty soft leather interior, insert, veneer, very rich decoration. In 1934 it was decided to update the whole model range. Models such as 10, 12, 14 have been fitted with new engines and a new design. They all entered the history of the concern under the name "series P1".

However, in 1939 the company was shifted to military needs. The Rover was engaged during the war the supply of engines and wings for aircraft and propulsion systems for the British. In addition, plants of the manufacturer produced aircraft jet turbines for the fighters.

In the postwar period the concern Rover model produces P2, which was developed in the pre-war time. Also for the first time in the history of the company was released LHD variant P2. In 1946, almost half of all released the car was put on exports, And in 1947, their share had already risen to seventy-five percent.

By the end of the forties the Rover has been focused on the production of cars of the middle and upper class. The novelty P3 was equipped with a metal body and independent front suspension. In addition, it featured a hydromechanical drive the front brakes.

It was released in two models, called Rover 60 and Rover 75. The P3 model was produced until the end of 1949. By the way, In Europe "Rover" this year has been a leader in the field of auto design. In 1950 else happened one improvement: hydromechanical brake ceded its position hydraulic brake system.

Introduced in 1958, the new Rover P5 was nothing more than a response to the firm Jaguar, released the Mk VIII. David Bach was the author of the design of this car. And it turned out well! In 1962 the masses was submitted version P5 Coupe. Incidentally, this model has managed to take a strong position in the Royal garage, and was chosen by the Queen and Queen mother.

In 1963, the audience was presented to the Rover P6. This is just an example of how to look like a compact car "Executive". And the press, and the public never tired of singing the praises of this car. Just a year later Rover P6 was able to win the first prize at the competition "car of the year".

In 1966 there was a Union concerns "Rover" and "Leyland". The newly formed company becomes a public company called British Leyland.

Rover SD1 was presented to the public in 1976. She was distinguished by engine displacement 3.5 liters under the hood. And another novelty had quite stylish and bold design, modern interior and excellent behaviour on the road. All this helped Rover SD1 to win the title of "Car of the year" in Europe in 1977.

In 1983 the sports division of Rover presented to the audience a new version of the car. She was fast as lightning! In the first year this model won several victories.

In 1984 saw the light of a joint collaboration with the group Honda. They became front-wheel Rover 200.

Rover 600 was published in 1993. This model "scored" empty niche between Rover Rover 800 and 400.

In 1994, the group falls under the control of BMW, there is a complete update of the lineup. And at the end of 1998, the world saw a new Rover 75.

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