1980 Rover 3500

Weird British hatchback for sale.

Over 300,000 of these large hatches were produced, but only about 1,300 ever sold in the States.  Not too surprising considering that the 3500 was positioned to compete against the finest luxury sedans coming from Germany at the time.  The hatchback design, while appreciated for its utility, was rare and odd in the US luxury segment.

On paper, the engine sounded good enough: a 3.5 litre V8… buuut it went downhill from there.  The outdated V8, which was developed originally by Buick in 1960, produced a thundering 133 horsepower in this application.

Certain to never see another like it though, right?    Perhaps that’s a good thing considering the hideous combination of mustard yellow over beige.

And I don’t have any personal experience with this particular manufacturer, but I have a feeling this is one of those you wouldn’t sell to your worst enemy.


Via Hemmings Motor News.

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5 responses to “1980 Rover 3500”

  1. The Real Al to Your Bizzarro Ray says :

    Car and Driver did a recent article about finding and driving a Citroen CX up to Canada. You should check it out — it would be right up your alley.

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