This old Buick shares a secret with… Land Rover, Morgan and TVR

This old Buick shares a secret with… Land Rover, Morgan and TVR


The connection is under the hood. In the late 1950s, GM asked its engineers to design a new compact, powerful and light engine. The 3.5-V8 first appeared in 1961 under the hood of Buick Special, Pontiac Tempest and Oldsmobile F-85. It was made entirely of lightweight metal and had an excellent return. It was well developed and was soon integrated with the turbo version.

This old Buick shares a secret with… Land Rover, Morgan and TVR

Unfortunately, it was very expensive to build, coolers in the United States were not used for light metal engines and also had sealing problems. GM decided to break the barrier while raising the face of the trio in 1964. He found a derivative, V6, but in cast iron.

This old Buick shares a secret with… Land Rover, Morgan and TVR

Rover, in turn, was looking for an alternative to the outdated six-cylinder and looked at American engines. The Buick V8 seemed perfect because it weighed very little. British rule was able to persuade Americans to abandon their plans and after a few reforms it was implemented in 1967 in the Rover P5. Later, the bike had an amazing history like the heart of Rovers, Land Rovers, Morgans, MGs, Triumphs and even TVRs. It was last used in 2004, on the nose of a Land Rover Discovery and tuner Bowler used it until 2006. Revenge on a motorcycle that was put in the trash by its developers shortly after his birth.

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Christiaens Jean-Francois

About the author: Christiaens Jean-Francois

Jean-François Christiaens has been a automotive journalist since 2005. He loves everything he drives, from electric cars to hypercars.
But his heart is pounding faster from knives from the GTI era. Although a comfortable rest also does not leave him unmoved.
Is that called aging?