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Rover cars: books - history, models and technology

A book on Rover passenger cars? Here are illustrated books on the history, models and technology of Rover passenger cars.

Rover, l'élégance britannique

Pendant plus de cent ans (1904-2005), Rover a été synonyme d'élégance et de classe dans le monde automobile. De ses premiers véhicules motorisés construits en 1904 jusqu'à sa disparition en 2005, la marque a incarné avec brio l'industrie automobile britannique, avec ses berlines statutaires, traversant toutes les époques du XXè siècle, en passant par deux guerres et la grave crise des années 1970 du groupe British Leyland.

Dans les années 1980, elle s'est imposée progressivement en marque généraliste haut de gamme, avec ses séries 100, 200, 400, 600 et 800, avant d'être reprise par BMW puis de disparaître, emportée par la faillite du groupe MG Rover en 2005.

Totalement inédit, l'ouvrage propose de revenir, année par année, sur la passionnante aventure de la marque au drakkar : l'analyse de l'activité économique de l'entreprise, la description de la stratégie de la marque, celles des différents propriétaires qui se sont succédé la présentation des modèles, leur évolution et caractéristiques techniques.
Le tout resitué dans le contexte économique et géopolitique de l'époque et illustré de plus de 500 documents et archives .

Sommaire:
- Naissance de la première Rover
- Chronologie Rover de 1904 à 2005 (date de la faillite du groupe MG Rover)
- Annexes : chiffres de production et d'immatriculations en Grande-Bretagne et en France.

Author:Adrien Cahuzac
Specs:160 pages, 31 x 23.5 cm / 12.2 x 9.25 in, hardback
Illustrations:500 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:ETAI (F, 2015)
Series:Héritage
Book: Rover, l'élégance britannique

Rover, l'élégance britannique

Language: French

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Rover Cars 1945 to 2005 - A Pictorial History

This comprehensive pictorial overview of Rover cars and car-derived vans covers the 60 years from 1945 to 2005. It describes and illustrates all of the great classic Rovers up to and including the SD1, and goes on to look at the models inherited from British Leyland that attracted Rover badges.
It finishes with the models designed in conjunction with Honda; the later British-designed cars - and even the final City Rover.

There is also consideration of some Rover models that were designed but, for various reasons, did not enter production, and can now only be seen as prototypes in museums.
A title in Veloce's popular Pictorial History series, this book describes all of the postwar models with illustrations and technical data for each.

Author:James Taylor
Specs:80 pages, 22 x 21.5 x 0.6 cm / 8.7 x 8.5 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:300 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2019)
Book: Rover Cars 1945 to 2005 - A Pictorial History

Rover Cars 1945 to 2005 - A Pictorial History

Language: English

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British Leyland - The Cars, 1968-1986

In 1968, British Leyland brought together most of Britain's motor manufacturers, with the intention of creating a robust unified group that could equal the strength of the big European conglomerates. But this was not to be.

There have been many books about the politics and the business activities of British Leyland, but "British Leyland - The Cars, 1968 - 1986" looks deliberately at the cars that came from the company, both the models it inherited and it created.

The eighteen years of the corporation's existence saw a confusing multitude of different car types, but this book resolves these confusions, clarifying who built what, and when.
The book takes 1986 as its cut-off point because this was the year that the old British Leyland ceased to exist and what was left of the car and light commercial business was renamed the Rover Group.

Pages of the book British Leyland: The Cars, 1968-1986 (1)

Author:James Taylor
Specs:192 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 2 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.79 in, hardback
Illustrations:63 b&w and 173 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2018)
Book: British Leyland - The Cars, 1968-1986

British Leyland - The Cars, 1968-1986

Language: English

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Rover P4 - The Complete Story

Introduced in 1949, the Rover P4 represented comfortable, refined motoring for the professional classes of the 1950s. Production ceased in 1964, by which time the P4 had become something of an anachronism. However, it had given Rover an enviable reputation for quality engineering, and had paved the way for the successful P5 and P6 models.

Topics covered include:
- design and development,
- panel features on key personalities and features;
- specifications for each model;
- chassis numbers, production figures and paint and trim options.

Author:James Taylor
Specs:208 pages, 24.5 x 19 cm / 9.7 x 7.5 in, hardback
Illustrations:140 b&w and 20 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2015)
Series:The Complete Story
Book: Rover P4 - The Complete Story

Rover P4 - The Complete Story

Language: English

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Rover P4

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When it was launched in 1949, the new Rover 75 was considered revolutionary for its time, its sleek integrated styling being very much a break with the designs of the past.
In this book, Rover expert James Taylor covers the development of all of the various P4 models, from the 75 to the 110 of the early 1960s, providing a unique insight into a car still affectionately known as 'Auntie'.

Despite its somewhat ponderous appearance, the solid build with wood and leather interiors matched by good driving dynamics made the Rover P4 a pleasure to drive and own. Complemented by the Rover P5 and eventually replaced by the Rover P6, the Rover P4 held sway for over a decade during which it became a favourite of the professional classes and an emblem of the conservative British lifestyle and values.
After the end of production, it continued to remain a favourite among classic car enthusiasts.

The various models and developments of the Rover P4 are all covered in this concise but comprehensive book, providing an endless source of interest for Rover P4 and classic car enthusiasts alike.

Author:James Taylor
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:100 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2023)

Rover P4

Nowadays affectionately known as the 'Aunty' Rover, the dignified P4 series of cars was launched in 1949 to carry Britain's Rover company into the postwar era. Rover's well-deserved reputation for building high-quality cars, and the marque's upmarket image, ensured that the P4 series appealed to the company's traditional clientele - doctors, solicitors, bank managers and others of similar social rank.

Despite the rather staid image of the P4 series, over the years the cars had many interesting features, like the original 'Cyclops' central headlight, disc brakes, a freewheel device and overdrive. The larger-engined versions were also rather nifty and could whoosh their occupants along at a very unauntie-like pace!

Production continued through several model variations - but always with four or six-cylinder engines - until 1964. In the meantime, Rover experimented with gas turbine power units in P4 bodies, and created the famous JET 1.
The Marauder sports car was also P4-based. An amazing number of the sturdy P4s have survived to the present day and most are now enjoyed and cherished by enthusiasts.

Reprinted after a long absence, this Veloce Classic is the definitive history of the dignified Rover P4 from 1949 until 1964, which includes Marauder and jet-powered, experimental cars.

Author:Malcolm Bobbitt
Specs:192 pages, 25 x 20.5 cm / 9.8 x 8.1 in, paperback
Illustrations:243 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2019)
Series:Veloce Classic Reprint

Rover P5 and P5B - The Complete Story

The Rover P5 was the last great representative of traditional British luxury saloon building, with the emphasis firmly on quality rather than sportiness. Its spaciousness, refinement and wood and leather charm still command a considerable classic car following today.

In this book James Taylor charts the history of these stately cars, looking at their design and development from the original 3-litre Mk 1 announced in 1968 to the last 3.5-litre P5B model built for the Queen.
Topics covered include the full history of the development of all P5 and P5B models, complete specifications for each model and details of the cars' competition fortunes. Also advice on buying and owning a P5 today.

Author:James Taylor
Specs:200 pages, 24.5 x 19 x 1.2 cm / 9.7 x 7.5 x 0.47 in, paperback
Illustrations:120 b&w photographs and 20 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2007)
Series:The Complete Story
Book: Rover P5 and P5B - The Complete Story

Rover P5 and P5B - The Complete Story

Language: English

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Making Cars at Longbridge : 1906 to the Present Day

Lavishly illustrated with unique images from the official company archive, this book charts more than 100 years of car-making at the Longbridge factory, near Birmingham. Herbert Austin founded the Austin Motor Company here in April 1905 and it was subsequently home to the British Motor Corporation, British Leyland, Rover Group and, latterly, MG Rover. Its products include some of the most famous British models ever produced, such as the pioneering Austin Seven, the innovative trend-setting Mini, the popular Austin Metro and, in later years, the best-selling MG TF and elegant Rover 75.

The factory was a major employer and an integral part of the local community from its beginnings until the sad events of April 2005, when MG Rover went into administration. This radically changed the landscape, spearheading the long-term regeneration of the area. The community is looking to the future with confidence, never forgetting its long and proud tradition of manufacturing.

This fully updated version honours the 110th anniversary of the first motor production at Longbridge as well as the 150th birthday of Herbert Austin. It includes a new colour section showing various stages in the life of a car, from the design studio to the showroom.

Author:Gillian Bardsley, Colin Corke
Specs:192 pages, 25 x 17 cm / 9.8 x 6.7 in, paperback
Illustrations:220 b&w and 8 colour photographs
Publisher:The History Press Ltd (GB, 2016)
Book: Making Cars at Longbridge : 1906 to the Present Day

Making Cars at Longbridge : 1906 to the Present Day

Language: English

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Related titles:

Rover P6 - 2000, 2200, 3500: The Complete Story

Rover P6 - 2000, 2200, 3500 - The Complete Story

James Taylor

English | hardback | 240 p. | 2020

Rover P6 - 2000, 2200 & 3500 (1963-1977)

Rover P6 - 2000, 2200 & 3500 (1963-1977)

James Taylor

English | paperback | 200 p. | 2012

Rover 2000 & 2200 (P6) 63-77

Rover 2000 & 2200 (P6) (1963-1977)

English | paperback | 100 p. | 1983

Rover V8 - The Story of the Engine

Rover V8 - The Story of the Engine

James Taylor

English | hardback | 144 p. | 2017

Rover SD1 - The Full Story 1976-1986 (PB)

Rover SD1 - The Full Story 1976-1986 (paperback)

James Taylor

English | paperback | 208 p. | 2021

Rover SD1 - The Full Story 1976-1986 (hc)

Rover SD1 - The Full Story 1976-1986 (hard cover)

James Taylor

English | hardback | 208 p. | 2016

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