Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Heavenly Twins from the 1960s

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Heavenly Twins from the 1960s

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Byline: By Ian Johnson

It's strange how an era can dictate car design. The best example was in the 1960s when two major British makers worked independently on a new executive design and within months of each other launched cars that were remarkably similar.

In the Triumph design shop, highly secret work was taking place to find a successor to the ageing Vanguard.

And at the nearby Rover camp, a new look executive car was about to emerge to replace the old P Series of models.

There were always rumours of industrial espionage, but when the two hit the stands they were remarkably similar.

The Triumph 2000 was a curvy, dream of a car with a real pull on the young executive who was not quite into the Jaguar category, but certainly did not want to be seen in a family car. It featured a six-cylinder engine and was a very pleasant car to drive with semi-trailing, independent rear suspension.

The Rover 2000, however, featured a four-cylinder overhead cam engine with a complicated version of the de Dion suspension. …

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