Post by eisdielenbiker on Aug 20, 2009 13:28:32 GMT
Just read an article on 2009 Pebble Beach Concours where the new Bentley Mulsanne was displayed first:
This Bentley is just a blown up 75, isnt it ? So sad.... the last Rover 75 is really a great modern British classic. I like it. History is repeating some way. But It has an end now...I still cannot believe that nothing substantial will follow the 75 .
i know nothing about the 75, but the biggest tragedy in rover's history were the thousands of job losses when it went through. but it wasnt the rover company that made our cars by then, it was just a name carried forward from the bl days becuase it was thought to be the only one still left in the group that had any wieght overseas, becuase of land rover/ range rover. rover's fate was sealed in 71. looking at the p8 i doubt that they then would have ever envisioned anything like the 75, in terms of market position or design. they probably wouldnt have expected half their company to be hacked off and sold off either. to gain an idea of how the name has degraded, i have not been able to convince everyone who asks me about the car that it is a rover, they just havent been able to reconcile a p5 with the horde of metro's, hondas and christ knows what else has carried the badge in the last few decades.
Post by Phil Nottingham on Aug 20, 2009 18:45:27 GMT
The Bentley is still based on the old Rolls bodyshell - but I still prefer my p5's.
However one day I would like a Bbently R Type from 1954 say or perhaps the S1 that replaced it - both had the IOE 6 and a chassis similar to Rover P4's and later P5's had then and even made by the same firms Pressed Steel and Thomson then independant of any car builders
Phil - 1964 P5-Coupe PMB***B & P5B-saloon LHO***L & other classic Rovers & Land-Rovers