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Rover P3-75 1949

The Rover P3 caur produced bi the Rover company in 1948 an 1949 wis very muckle an interim model.

For the post war market Rover haed a new ingine that haed been in preparation since the late 1930s wi owerhead inlet an side exhaust valves. It wis made in twa version for the caur, the "60" haed a fower cylinder unit o 1595 cc an the "75" haed a sax cylinder version o 2103 cc. The gearbox an traditional Rover freewheel wur kept unchanged frae the previous model.

Tae go wi the ingine a new caur wis prepared. Although the body wis similar in stylin tae the Rover 12 an 16, mony o the body panels wur in fact new but the wings an bonnet frae the 12 wur carried over. The caur wis 0.5 inch (12 mm) wider ootside than the 16 but bi makin better uise o space this translatit tae 2.5 inches (60 mm) inside. It wis 4.5 inches (115 mm) shorter in the wheelbase. Also new, an a first for a Rover, wis independent front suspension but the brakes remained a hydraulic/mechanical hybrid system. Rather than haein a complete chassis, the new frame, which wis a box section, wis stopped short o the rear axle an the rear semi-elliptic springs wur attached tae the body. This allowed the rear axle travel tae be increased an an improved ride resulted.

Two body styles wur available, a sax licht saloon an fower licht "Sports Saloon".

The caurs wur expensive at £1080 for the "60" an £1106 for the "75" an wi early post war production problems an material shortages it wis never intended that the caurs woud be produced in lairge numbers. Eventually, 1274 o the "60" an 7837 o the "75" models wur made afore the caur wis replaced bi the all new P4 o 1949.

The ingine an gearbox frae the caur wur also uised as the basis for those in the original Land Rover Series.

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