Rover replaced its four cylinder P4 60 model in 1959 with an up-dated version called the 80. The 80 used a Land Rover four cylinder petrol engine of 2286cc which developed approximately 80bhp. This new engine raised the top speed of the small P4 model to 85mph and improved the four cylinders fuel consumption (now around 27mpg).
As with the rest of the P4 range the 80 featured the later styling changes and wider road wheels. The brakes now had servo assistance and discs at the front of the car. Although the 80 sold in steady amounts up until 1962 it was never as popular with Rover buyers as the six cylinder members of the P4 range.
Buyers Guide Rover P4 (1949-1964) featured in Practical Classics September 2004 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click here to view. Also, Buyers Guide Rover P4 (1950-1964) featured in Practical Classics March 2010 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click here to view.