Rover V8 - the Story of the Engine tells the fascinating story of the engine that created a legend in its own lifetime. Starting life as a General Motors design in 1961, but withdrawn three years later in favour of cheaper technology, it reached Rover by chance in the mid-1960s. Few other British companies then had V8 engines in production, and Rover immediately gained a special status when the V8 entered UK production during 1967.This was an extraordinarily compact design and also extraordinarily light, thanks to its all-aluminium alloy construction. It was not a temperamental high-performance engine, but had a well-proven and simple architecture that made it both reliable and easy to work on. Small wonder, then, that the Rover V8 was bought by sports car makers who needed a light, compact and powerful engine. Small wonder that Rover kept it in production for so long, developing multiple different sizes and versions. Small wonder that the engine is still revered by Rover and Land Rover enthusiasts today, or that its popularity as an aftermarket conversion has ensured that it remains in small-volume production, half a century after entering production in the UK.
After graduating from Oxford and pursuing further academic studies at Reading, James Taylor spent 12 years working in central government. However, the lure of writing about cars - which he was doing in his spare time - proved too great and he decided to turn it into a career.James has now written well over 100 books in all, and among them have been several definitive one-make or one-model titles. He has also written for enthusiast magazines in several countries, has translated books from foreign languages, and even delivers effective writing training in both the public and private sectors. He spent the best part of ten years as the editor of Land Rover Enthusiast magazine and has always counted the products of the old Rover Company and of Land Rover as his favourite subject.As well as writing, he also co-organised the "15 Years of Rover V8" event at Donington in 1982.James lives in Wallingford in Oxfordshire, England.
1 Origins and GM versions of the engine 2 Purchase of design and manufacturing rights by Rover; preparing the engine for UK production; development 3 Production 3.5 engines, 1968-1976 4 Production 3.5 engines, 1976-1989 5 3.9 and 4.2 engines, 1989-1995 6 4.0 and 4.6 engines, 1996-2004 7 Afterlife in small-volume productionAppx A V8 engine identification numbers