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peter scott



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:14 am    Post subject: Rover History Reply with quote

I just came across this by accident and can't remember seeing it before although probably well known to Dane, I thought it was a good film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WAOUpUUO30

Peter

there's also parts 2 & 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiq73_KUJgM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N79kzwNfUIk

also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns4b_R8wTqA
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roverdriver



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Peter. Yes I am aware of the three part story covering early history, then production of the P5, as well as the film on the P6. There is also a film about the Rover Imperial motorcycle which includes a rather interesting use of a hammer as a delicate engineering tool!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m8PmMQK76s

It is interesting that Rover produced quite a range of vehicles over the years. In fact in about 1923 the company had a greater range of wheeled vehicles available than any other U.K. business- many different types of bicycle, similarly several different motorcycles and a few different cars. Two wheels finished at about that time but the company made both low, medium and high priced cars. When the Wilks family involvement commenced as the 1929 onward depression bit, they swung to only producing high quality. They were very well engineered cars.

The company history is quite fascinating, as James Starley had more than a couple of workers who moved from sewing machines, to bicycles then to motorcycles and cars. Names such as Hillman, Singer and Arial trace their origins to him, as well as his nephew's (John Kemp Starley) own separate company that developed the safety bicycle and then headed to motorcycles and cars.
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