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Like so many other British manufacturers Rover started out making bicycles. By 1904 the company had decided to move into cars and by 1914 had become Britains second largest car firm. By the 1920's the company had begun to suffer problems and was rescued from closure by the Wilks brothers. Throughout the 1930's-40's Rover had established a range of well built cars aimed at the middle-class motoring sector.

Following the end of WW2 Rover decided that it needed to be more diverse in order to survive and set-about designing a multi-purpose vehicle that would appeal to farmers and export customers looking for a rugged vehicle, the new car would be called "Land-Rover". The Land-Rover sold in large numbers around the globe and allowed the company to continue development of its passenger cars.

Although Rover continued to build its traditional middle-class saloon models it was not afraid to experiment with new technology. In the mid-50's the company developed the worlds first gas-turbine (or "Jet" engined) cars and designed a mould breaking executive model for the 1960's, the Rover 2000.

By the late 1960's the company had become part of what would later be known as "British Leyland". This un-happy period witnessed the company's good name for quality disappear as it was dragged down by industrial action during the 1970's. By the 80's BL had become Austin-Rover and later the Rover name was to be seen on all of the former A-R models.

After a turbulent period of BMW ownership the Rover Car Company is now back in British hands, although only time will tell if this is as successful as British enthusiasts hope.

Source: Motorbase

1904-2005

Rover was among the leaders of the Coventry cycle trade and started making motorcycles in 1903. Tricars were introduced in 1904 with the first motorcar proper arriving towards the end of the year. The design of this 8hp single-cylinder light car was entirely original, featuring a substantial central chassis tube which supported the engine and transmission and on which all the other elements of the car were hung. When the Tatra T11 appeared in 1923 with a virtually identical backbone chassis it was hailed as a brilliant example of revolutionary design!

Early in 1905 a 6hp Rover of fairly conventional layout joined the 'Eight' and these two cars formed the mainstay of the firm's pre-Great War production, although larger four-cylinder cars were also made, a 20hp example winning the Tourist Trophy race in 1907. For years Rover had a reputation for quality and it will be interesting to see in the future what if anything arises from the ashes of Phoenix.

Source: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

Models produced by Rover

10

10

1934-1940

10 - 12

10 - 12

1906-1907

10/25

10/25

1929-1930

10/25

10/25

1931-1933

100

100

1960-1962

100

100

1994-1997

105R

105R

1956-1958

110

110

1963-1964

12

12

1911-1912

12

12

1937-1940

12

12

1945-1948

12/4

12/4

1934-1936

14

14

1937-1940

14

14

1945-1948

14/45

14/45

1924-1928

14/6

14/6

1934-1936

15

15

1909-1911

16

16

1927-1932

16

16

1937-1940

16

16

1945-1948

16 - 20

16 - 20

1906-1907

16/50

16/50

1926-1929

2-Litre

2-Litre

1929-1930

20

20

1908-1910

20

20

1939-1940

200 Coupe

200 Coupe

1992-1995

200 Series

200 Series

1984-1989

2000

2000

1963-1970

2000

2000

1982-1986

213/216

213/216

1984-1989

214/216

214/216

1989-1995

2200 TC

2200 TC

1966-1977

2300/2600(SD1)

2300/2600(SD1)

1977-1986

2400 SD Turbo

2400 SD Turbo

1982-1985

25 5 Door

25 5 Door

2004-2004

25 Streetwise

25 Streetwise

2004-2004

3 Litre

3 Litre

1959-1967

3.5 Litre

3.5 Litre

1968-1975

3500(SD1)

3500(SD1)

1976-1986

400

400

1990-2005

45 4 Dr Saloon

45 4 Dr Saloon

2004-2004

45 5 Dr Hatch

45 5 Dr Hatch

2004-2004

6

6

1906-1907

60

60

1953-1959

600

600

1993-1999

75 4 Dr Saloon

75 4 Dr Saloon

2004-2004

75 Estate

75 Estate

2004-2004

8

8

1904-1912

8

8

1919-1924

80

80

1960-1962

820

820

1986-1999

825

825

1986-1988

827

827

1988-1992

9/20

9/20

1924-1927

90

90

1954-1959

Cityrover

Cityrover

2004-2004

Knight

Knight

1911-1912

Light Six

Light Six

1930-1930

Meteor 16HP/20HP

Meteor 16HP/20HP

1930-1934

Metro

Metro

1990-1994

P2 16hp

P2 16hp

1938-1947

P3 60

P3 60

1948-1949

P3 75

P3 75

1948-1949

P4 100

P4 100

1960-1962

P4 105R

P4 105R

1956-1958

P4 105S

P4 105S

1956-1959

P4 110

P4 110

1962-1964

P4 60

P4 60

1953-1959

P4 75

P4 75

1949-1954

P4 75 MkII

P4 75 MkII

1954-1959

P4 80

P4 80

1959-1962

P4 90

P4 90

1953-1959

P4 95

P4 95

1962-1964

P5 3-litre Mk I

P5 3-litre Mk I

1958-1961

P6 2000/2000SC

P6 2000/2000SC

1963-1973

P6 2000TC

P6 2000TC

1966-1972

P6 2200SC/2200TC

P6 2200SC/2200TC

1973-1976

P6 3500

P6 3500

1968-1976

P6 3500S

P6 3500S

1972-1976

Pilot

Pilot

1932-1933

Range-Rover

Range-Rover

1970-0

Scarab

Scarab

1932-1932

SDI

SDI

1977-1986

Speed 14

Speed 14

1934-1936

Speed 16

Speed 16

1934-1935

Speed 20

Speed 20

1937-1940

Speed Pilot

Speed Pilot

1933-1933

Sterling

Sterling

1988-1991

Vitesse

Vitesse

1988-1992