What has happened to the Rovers ? The firm’s name seems to have slipped from your memory, for apart from endless references to the 2000, the company’s other products, past and present, appear to have had little or no mention. This inexcusable forgetfulness seems to be the only explanation for the continued absence of content on the other ageless marque; from Solihull. Never since the departure of the 95s and 100s front the Rover range has there been such value for money, and that rare commodity reliability. The P4s put to shame the more expensive Austins, Fords and Lutonians, and they abolished the need to look abroad for more competitive cars. As for reliability; they have no equal, for since 1963 my father’s 95 has had only one failure, the reversing-light switch, and beyond the occasionally sticking hand-brake this model has had no other shortcomings at all.
P4s possess a rare quality, character, and beneath that dated exterior is a heart of gold. The braking is superb, the handling light, the power is never insufficient, and the turbine-like power unit puts many higher priced cars to shame.
The 2000 was hardly a worthy replacement, and I feel sure that if Motor Sport were to conduct a road-test comparison between the 95 and the 2000, the 95 would, in the end, reign supreme.
Chesterfield. P.L. Ullathorne.