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Rover

8hp oldest known Rover, 1904

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Make
Rover
Manufacturer
Rover Company
Location Made
Coventry
Accession Number
1996-1-1
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
1 cyl, 1327 cc, 8 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
24 mph (39 km/h)
Body Style
Tourer
Price When New
£200
Materials
metal, rubber, glass, textiles
Dimensions
262mm (l), 1200mm (w), 1540mm (h)
Location
Museum

Rover had been a cycle and motorcycle manufacturer for several decades before introducing a car. Their first model, the 8hp, appeared in 1904. Designed by Edmund Lewis, it stayed in production until 1912.

The 8hp had a backbone chassis frame with transverse leaf springs and initially cable and bobbin steering and steering column gear change, soon replaced by worm steering gear and the more conventional right-hand gear change. A foot pedal enabled the compression of the engine to be used to assist braking.

The car was very light at 533kg and its engine was considered 'powerful' at the time. A Rover 8hp was the first car to be driven across Europe to Istanbul.

This is the oldest surviving Rover car.