[ROVERNET - UK] Slightly OT but not quite

JOHN john.at.hulverstone at btinternet.com
Tue Mar 7 11:30:45 GMT 2006

I heard many years ago, that the engine in the P4 was
designed by R.R. but I hadn't heard of any being made
for R.R. by Rover. That P.4 engine was used in some
London black cabs
best wishes
--- Ray <raywilkins at optusnet.com.au> wrote:

> I have just bought the February edition of the UK
> mag 'Classics'. Yes, I
> know we get it about 2 months late seeing as though
> we are on the other side
> of the world and it has to come out by Tea Clipper
> etc etc. 
> One of the articles concerned a Rolls Royce Merlin
> V12 (from a WWII
> Hurricane fighter) put into RR Phantom based chassis
> and handmade bodywork.
> Very interesting. It made mention that the engine
> was a genuine Rolls Royce
> and not a Rover built version. Can anyone expand on
> this? Did Rover make
> these engines in wartime? And were they only used in
> fighter planes? I've
> not researched this topic extensively but I do know
> of a Rod Hadfield from
> Castlemaine here in Oz who put a supercharged Merlin
> V12 in a custom built
> '55 Chevvy which was supposedly the most powerful
> road registered car in the
> world! The website is
> www.rodshop.com.au/project55.htm. 
> It would be interesting to hear of Rover's
> involvement with these engines.
> Cheers,
> Ray Wilkins
> Melbourne, Australia
> 1976 P6B
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