Rover - Rover P6

With the advanced chassis of the Rover P6 , first introduced in 1963, there were new plans for a more powerful car. Rover had purchased the rights to the all alloy Buick V8 engine from GM (along with all tooling) which they developed. This engine had its lineage with the alloy V8 BMW of the 1950's, the rights to which they had sold to Buick. This engine first saw use in a Rover model called the P5 B in 1967. One of  the ideas of having the V8 in the Rover range was that Triumph had a V8, as did Jaguar and Daimler their V8, and for a more powerful car Rover needed something more than their 4 cylinder engine. Ironically by the time the Rover V8 was finalised British Leyland, owners of Triumph, were also the owners of Rover. There had been a considerable amount of work carrying out the transplant of the V8 into the existing model, bearing in mind the car had not been envisaged with this V8 engine in it originally.

The Rover 3500 was introduced in 1968, with more power and an engine that weighed no more than the P6 4 cylinder engine.  The Rover 3500S model was introduced in 1971 by which time the car had some differences and upgrades, including sychromesh on all the gears, which is what the S of the 3500 S signifies! S was for Synchromesh, not Sport) The P6 Rovers continued in production until 1977 when the new model SD1 was launched.

- Tyre size for the Rover P6 fitted with the V8 engine, called Rover 3500 and Rover 3500S, had the full 80 profile 185R14 tyre size, the larger diameter being required due to the gearing, because the back axle ratio was kept the same on these larger engined P6 as the 4 cylinder cars, and this was Rovers way to get the higher gearing.Blockley produce this highest quality 185HR14 tyre in both standard and whitewall types.

- Tyre size for the Rover P6 fitted with the four cylinder engines (the Rover 2000) had the smaller 165R14 tyre size as standard. Should one wish, a non standard wider 185/70VR14 or even full profile 185VR14 could also be fitted.

- Blockley produces all the tyre size options for the Rover P6 models with high speed rated and period correct tread patterns. 165HR14, its wider version 185/70VR14 and the full diameter 185HR14, all with correct speed rating. See full details of all these tyre sizes below:

Blockley Products for Rover Rover P6


Blockley Radial

£78.00 (£93.60 inc. VAT)

13/14 inch Rim Band (45mm wide)

Blockley Rim Band

£3.30 (£3.96 inc. VAT)


Blockley Radial

£98.00 (£117.60 inc. VAT)

185HR14 White Wall

Blockley Radial

£160.00 (£192.00 inc. VAT)


Blockley Radial

£129.00 (£154.80 inc. VAT)

175/185x14 Standard Inner Tube

Blockley Standard Inner Tube

£10.00 (£12.00 inc. VAT)