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50th Anniversary Of The Rover V8

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OldBloke Gold Member Jim Legg
Napa, California, USA   USA
1970 Rover 3500
1971 MG MGB GT
1972 MG MGB V6 Conversion
1973 MG MGB "Tagalong"
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the famous and legendary Rover V8 engine. A design so remarkable that an engine taken out of production by General Motors was taken by Rover to power the P5, the P6, the SD1, Land Rover and Range Rover. Finding its way into other marques, it also powered MGs, Triumph TR 8s, Morgans and TVRs to name but a few.



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V8MGBV8 Carl Floyd
Kinggsport, TN, USA   USA
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mgcyclo Tim Rich
Township of Washinghton, NJ, USA   USA
Very cool. Glad to be a participating member

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ohlord Gold Member Rob C
North of Seattle, N.W., USA   USA
1957 Land Rover Series I "EYEYIYI"
1971 MG MGB
1971 MG MGB "Bedouin 2"
Some good info if you're getting into one
http://workshop-manuals.com/landrover/v8e/overhaul/inspecting_components/



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Jim Blackwood * BlownMGB-V8
Gunpowder Rd., USA   USA
So... actual years are more like 55 then.

Jim

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MGwrench John Perkins
Wildwood, MO, USA   USA
Jim:
My understanding is that the 1951 Buick Le Sabre concept car had a 215 V8 that was the predecesor of the later '61 Buick Special 215 which became the Rover V8 making the age of the engine closer to 66 years.

Simon Austin Avatar
We're talking about Rover's version of the V8.

The way you guys describe it is like adding your parents age to your own......winking smiley



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OldBloke Gold Member Jim Legg
Napa, California, USA   USA
1970 Rover 3500
1971 MG MGB GT
1972 MG MGB V6 Conversion
1973 MG MGB "Tagalong"
Geez! Dating is from R.O.V.E.R. involved with the engine! You can go all the back to 1800s if you start relating engines!tongue sticking out smiley



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Jim Blackwood * BlownMGB-V8
Gunpowder Rd., USA   USA
Really? OK then, explain to me what it is that makes it a Rover engine instead of a Buick. Let's see, they sand cast the block instead of using permanent molds because it was cheaper. I dunno, if the aftermarket sand cast a Chevy V8 it would still be a Chevy V8. I don't think that's enough.

OK, they used press in liners instead of cast liners. Nope, can't see that doing it either. Again, cheaper. What else you got? Because they bought it? So when BMW bought MG that made all the little MG cars BMW's? I don't think so.

Jim

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mowog1 Gold Member Rick Ingram
Saint Joseph, Illinois, USA   USA
1969 MG MGC "Vicky"
1972 MG MGB "Mallard"
1974 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "The V8"
1978 MG MGB "Maggie"    & more
Lineage is lineage.



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Simon Austin Avatar
This started out as a happy thread...eye rolling smiley

I'll go with its "birthday" as the day it became known as the "Rover V8" and not the "Buick V8" anymore.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-03-22 02:38 PM by Simon Austin.

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V8MGBV8 Carl Floyd
Kinggsport, TN, USA   USA
Of course, the best version was the '63 Buick 215 200hp JN block. winking smiley

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geezer Silver Member charles durning
Magee, Mississippi, USA   USA
1958 MG Magnette ZB "Chick Magnette (sold)"
1967 Morris Minor 1000 Saloon (2-door) "Marvin"
1974 MG MGB GT
It's also used to power home built airplanes.



Who's version of right are we talking about? When you get 10 LBC owners in a room you'll get 12 different answers.

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MGwrench John Perkins
Wildwood, MO, USA   USA
I was just trying to show the engine has been around a long time, including being at Rover since the mid-Sixties. It's cousin once removed is the Oldsmobile 215 of which I really like the JetFire, the first turbo-charged production car (at least in the US, beating Corvair by a couple of months).

40indianss don foote
2walla wa, USA   USA
IMHO it is a GM engine as they designed and built it. Going with Jim on this

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