The 3500 was introduced in April 1968, and continued to be offered until 1977. The manufacturer asserted that the light metal V8 engine weighed the same as the four-cylinder unit of the Rover 2000, and the more powerful car's maximum speed of 114 mph as well as its 10.5-second acceleration time from 0–60 mph were considered impressive, and usefully faster than most competing cars.
It was necessary to modify the under-bonnet space to squeeze the V8 engine into the P6 engine bay, the front suspension cross-member had to be relocated forward, while a more visible change was an extra air intake beneath the front bumper to accommodate the larger radiator. A 3-speed Borg Warner 35 automatic was the only transmission until the 1971 addition of a four-speed manual 3500S model, fitted with a modified version of the gearbox used in the 2000/2200. The 3500S was noticeably quicker than the automatic version of this car with a 0-60 mph time of 9 seconds, compared with 10.1 for the automatic, car. Moreover, due to the fuel-guzzling nature of automatic gearboxes of this era, the manual car's official cycle was 24 mpg compared to the automatic's 22 mpg.
This 3500S has been recommissioned after a period off the road, given a new MOT, and serviced with all fluids changed. The vendor states that the car has excellent panel fit, good paintwork but not perfect, and excellent black interior. It is said to start and run well.
The previous owner purchased this as his company car. There is a file containing documents back to the original registration, including registration and MOT certificates, and invoices for work carried out. The car is eligible for historic tax.
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