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Necessity being the mother of mother of invention is a well-worn proverb. But sometimes necessity can also be the mother of re-invention - as is the case with the Rover V8.

The legendary 3528cc light alloy V8’s first application in a Rover was in 1967, shoehorned into the P5B.

That suffix ‘B’ was mightily important. It stood for Buick, the original designer of the engine.

Click through to discover more about this fabulous engine’s history, along with the cars that it powered.