Rover P5 (3 Litre) and P5B (3.5 Litre) Brochures and Magazines
Brochures, magazines, literature and adverts. These show what a buyer may have read as they considered the purchase of a new P5 or P5B, together with some of the alternatives they might consider in period road tests, as well as the literature that came with the cars when supplied new by Rover.
These scans are provided to add to the understanding of these cars. All of these documents I own and have scanned myself, but copyright is obviously held by the respective parties. Given the passage of time since these were created they are approaching the end of copyright, and under fair-use terms I hope nobody objects. If you do, please let me know.
On the timeline below, click any item to open it in a new page for reading.
Rover P5 Launches: 22nd September 1958
1958 – Classic Rover P5 (3 Litre) and P5B (3.5 Litre). The USA’s first satellite is launched from Cape Canaveral, NASA is formed, and the first Microchip is envisaged by Texas Instruments in 1958. In Britain, the first transatlantic passenger jet service begins with flights between London and New YorkRead more
Rover Brochure Rover The 3-Litre Saloon, January 1959 1959 model year. 16 pages, landscape, full colour, stapled. Rover The 3-Litre Saloon. This is one of the most luxurious brochures Rover produced for the P5. The car had only been launched the previous year, so it seems all efforts were being made toRead more
Rover Brochure Rover 3-Litre, 1959 Rover 3-Litre Brochure 1959. 1960 model year. 8 pages, larger than A4, portrait, full colour, folded. A lightweight brochure for the Rover 3-Litre, featuring some very high-quality illustrations in pencil or charcoal, as well as paint. This brochure is folded, not stapled, which allows a 4-pageRead more
Rover Brochure Rover, 1959 1960 model year. 8 pages, landscape, full colour, folded. Rover brochure for the 1960 model year, believed to be produced around October 1959. Most manufacturers used illustrations in their brochures at this time – whether that was due to tradition, cost or stylistic reasons isn’t clear. That it allowedRead more
1961 – Classic Rover P5 (3 Litre) and P5B (3.5 Litre) East German Authorities close the border between East and West Berlin and construction of the Berlin Wall begins. USA finances anti-Fidel Castro Cubans for an invasion at the Bay of Pigs, which is an unmitigated disaster with most beingRead more
1963 – Classic Rover P5 (3 Litre) and P5B (3.5 Litre) The biggest news this year is the assassination of the US President Kennedy on November 22nd . The continued campaign in the US for civil rights by the black community caused violent reactions from whites including Mississippi, Virginia andRead more
1964 – Classic Rover P5 (3 Litre) and P5B (3.5 Litre) As the war in Vietnam intensifies, increasing numbers of American servicemen are dying. The Beatles take the world and America by storm and Beatlemania goes into overdrive as they released a series of number one hits including “I want toRead more
Rover Brochure Rover 3½ Litre Brochure, August 1968 1969 model year. 18 pages, larger than A4, landscape, full colour, stapled. Rover 3½ Litre Brochure 1968. A beautiful brochure for the P5B that features some wonderful photos, many of which were used in subsequent years right through to 1973. Note that the car hasRead more
1970 – Classic Rover P5 (3 Litre) and P5B (3.5 Litre) 1970. Music continues to make a significant impact with the largest-ever rock festival taking place on the Isle of Wight, with 600,000 people attending, including some of the biggest names in music such as Jimi Hendrix and The Who. Paul McCartneyRead more
Rover P5B Production Ends: 22nd June 1973
Total Rover P5 Production: 48,248
Total Rover P5B Production: 20.600
Items are presented in date order to show the progression from launch in 1958 through to the end of production in 1973. The years of brochures reflect the publication year, not the model year (before 1966, model years tended to run from October to September, and from 1966 from August to July, so a Brochure published in August 1967 is often referred to as a 1968 model year brochure. All very confusing, so I’ve used the publication dates so that brochures are in correct date order with magazine articles and other media).