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Rover 3500, the New ROVER V8.

Rover 3500SE

Rovers start with the SD1 was not one of the best. By the end of the 80’s Rover were at  last getting to grips with the car’s lack  of appointments and its poor build qualit. The  “1981-season” models introduced at the Motor Show in october 1980 demonstrated their  determination to make the car worthy of the old Rover Company’s tradition of  excellence.  By 1981 Rover, five instead of the previous four SD1 models introduced. From the bottom  of the range the 2300 became better equiped and called the 2300S. The popular middle  range car was upgraded in specifications and became the 2600S and the mainstream 3,5-  litre was now called 3500SE. The heavily revised top model was known as the Vanden  Plas.   The 3500SE was the first and undeniably classic Rover of the new generaton. It won every  mayor British and Continental motoring award for design, safety and overall concept was  widely acknoledged as the most significant advance in car design for decades.   Together with the Rover Vanden Plas model this was first of the two V8-engined Rovers  and undeniable motor classic. The highly efficient, compact Rover V8 engine developed  155 bhp and delivers and exhilarating performance in town or country.   There were many detail changes to the cars' appearance for 1981. Outside were less far-  reaching, but new paint colours and bright housings for the door mirrors were a welcome  revitalisation for the range, and all models now had the extra  frontal air intake introduced on the V8-S. More important, however, was that bodies were now being painted at Cowley instead of Solihull, and the new process used there  guaranteed much better quality. And from the V8S the SE models came with alloy wheels.  On the Vanden Plas, these were machined and painted dark grey. Denovo wheels and tyres remained available, and were a no-cost option (with alloy  wheels, of course) on both V8 models, There were additional identifying badges reading "2600" or "V8" on the front wings of all models with those engines. The  Vanden Plas was readily recognised from the rear by black badges and the bright finish on  its exhaust tailpipe; like the 3500SE, it also had a rubber strip on both front and rear  bumpers, though its large front overriders containing washer  jets for the headlamps cost extra if specified on other models. In addition, the Vanden  Plas had black rubber bump-strips in the body-side indentations,  and shared a V8-S-style twin coachline with the 3500SE. Tinted glass was also standard on  the two V8 models, but only optional on all the others.  

Addition 3500SE features are:

Aluminium V8 engine with electronic ignition. 6” rim silver painted alloy wheels with 195-70HR-14 steel braced radial tyres, rubber  bumper inserts, mudflaps, tinted glass, coachline.  Interior, a push-button radio/stereo cassette player with additional rear speakers and  balance control, inertia reer rear seat belts.   The SE was supplied with fog light at the front of the car and underbonnet light for  servicability.
Rover 3500, the New ROVER V8.

Rover 3500SE

Rovers start with the SD1 was not one of the best. By the end of the 80’s Rover  were at last getting to grips with the car’s lack  of appointments and its poor build  qualit. The “1981-season” models introduced at the Motor Show in october 1980  demonstrated their determination to make the car worthy of the old Rover  Company’s tradition of excellence. By 1981 Rover, five instead of the previous four SD1 models introduced. From the  bottom of the range the 2300 became better equiped and called the 2300S. The  popular middle range car was upgraded in specifications and became the 2600S  and the mainstream 3,5-litre was now called 3500SE. The heavily revised top  model was known as the Vanden Plas. The 3500SE was the first and undeniably classic Rover of the new generaton. It  won every mayor British and Continental motoring award for design, safety and  overall concept was widely acknoledged as the most significant advance in car  design for decades. Together with the Rover Vanden Plas model this was first of the two V8-engined  Rovers and undeniable motor classic. The highly efficient, compact Rover V8  engine developed 155 bhp and delivers and exhilarating performance in town or  country. There were many detail changes to the cars' appearance for 1981. Outside were  less far-reaching, but new paint colours and bright housings for the door mirrors  were a welcome revitalisation for the range, and all models now had the extra  frontal air intake introduced on the V8-S. More important, however, was that  bodies were now being painted at Cowley instead of Solihull, and the new process  used there guaranteed much better quality. And from the V8S the SE models came  with alloy wheels.  On the Vanden Plas, these were machined and painted dark grey. Denovo wheels and tyres remained available, and were a no-cost option (with alloy  wheels, of course) on both V8 models, There were additional identifying  badges reading "2600" or "V8" on the front wings of all models with those engines.  The Vanden Plas was readily recognised from the rear by black badges and the  bright finish on its exhaust tailpipe; like the 3500SE, it also had a rubber strip on  both front and rear bumpers, though its large front overriders containing washer jets for the headlamps cost extra if specified on other models. In addition, the  Vanden Plas had black rubber bump-strips in the body-side indentations, and shared a V8-S-style twin coachline with the 3500SE. Tinted glass was also  standard on the two V8 models, but only optional on all the others.  

Addition 3500SE features are:

Aluminium V8 engine with electronic ignition.  6” rim silver painted alloy wheels with 195-70HR-14 steel braced radial tyres,  rubber bumper inserts, mudflaps, tinted glass, coachline. Interior, a push-button radio/stereo cassette player with additional rear speakers  and balance control, inertia reer rear seat belts. The SE was supplied with fog light at the front of the car and underbonnet light for  servicability.  
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