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1971 Jaguar XJ6 2.8 Automatic Series 1 vs. 1973 Rover P6 3500S

If you were doing well in the early 1970s, a Rover P6 3500 was almost a badge of rank. But if you were doing really well, its British Leyland sister car the Jaguar XJ6 would be within reach. But was the jump from a Rover to a 2.8 XJ6 really worth it, or would you have been better saving for a 4.2?

1971 Rover P6 3500S

Mike Finnis aspired to a Rover P6 3500S years ago, so Classic Cars gives him one for a day to see if it lives up to the legend.

1970 Rover P6B 3500S prototype

As ‘1970 Manual Prototype Number One’, this car spent five years and hundreds of thousands of miles being developed by its maker. Today we drive it and ask: is this the zenith of the Rover P5B 3500S?

1970 Rover P6B 3500 V8

Rover deserved a far better fate than politics permitted. In the P6B, it could have had a world- beater. Simon Charlesworth makes its case.

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