[ROVERNET - UK] Identifying the year of a North American P6

Brooks restore at nbnet.nb.ca
Sun Aug 26 19:51:57 BST 2007

I would tend to agree with the forty year theory (and lots of times it 
applies) but I have the very same Rover that my Dad bought brand new in 71' 
and it has suttle differences...also we owned a P6B that was built in 1969 
that NEVER had the below bumper signals installed from factory but it had 
the nickel protective strip in the trunk to prevent scuffing while putting 
items in.
 I tend to believe that Rover was a constant work in progress and some cars 
came with items factory installed while others simply did not . The one 
option I could never understand Rover not including in the P6B was power 
door locks...That is something that always seemed to be odd to me.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "S Manwell" <s_manwell at alum.swarthmore.edu>
To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 12:45 PM
Subject: [ROVERNET - UK] Identifying the year of a North American P6

> Dennis,
> I agree that it is complicated, but I don't think it is that mysterious. 
> It is probably best to set aside the debate about whether the "year of the 
> car" is the year of manufacture or the model year (September thru August) 
> or the registration year.  Then I think that each change in specification 
> can be traced to a date of manufacture and the associated chassis number.
> That theory might unravel if Rover North America sometimes asked dealers 
> to make changes to cars that were in stock -- maybe adding side reflectors 
> or door mirrors?  Who knows...
> Also, forty years is plenty of time for cars to acquire earlier or later 
> components to throw us off the trail.
> --Steve
> Brooks wrote:
>> I don't know how anyone can actually tell the year...I have seen so many 
>> differences in P6 cars that were made in the very same year making the 
>> subtle differences very hard to use as a basis for manufacture year 
>> dating...as for the actual model year being on the registration ...well 
>> that's not much of a help either other than knowing the if it's 
>> registered as a 1969 it is not a 1970 or newer model...however in Canada 
>> (at that time) if the car was made in 1967 but not registered for the 
>> first time until 1969 it would be considered (by registration) as a 1969 
>> model car.
>> Regards
>> Dennis
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "S Manwell" 
>> <s_manwell at alum.swarthmore.edu>
>> To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
>> Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 9:18 AM
>> Subject: Re: [ROVERNET - UK] Rover 2000 TC 1969 for sale in Vancouver
>>> Its a North American market car, so the model year clues are a little 
>>> different from others.
>>> All NADA and Federal cars had overriders, except possibly the earliest 
>>> 64/65 imports.  Early cars had aluminum "Sacred" overriders.   The 
>>> transition from 1967 model year NADA cars to 1968 Federal cars included 
>>> the addition of a second brake servo as part of the tandem brakes and 
>>> the change from HD8 carbs to HS8 carbs with the first layer of emissions 
>>> control equipment.  This car also has the side reflectors, so it is at 
>>> least late 1968, but it also has the under-bumper turn signals, 
>>> cross-flow radiator, and twin door mirrors, making it at least a 1ate 
>>> 1969, if not a 1970.  It does not have the next layer of emissions 
>>> equipment and other late 1970 add-ons.
>>> --Steve
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