Few people know that the history of the legendary “Rover” brand began back in 1887 with the production of bicycles. Almost until 1904, William Sutton and John Kemp Starley hardly thought about developing an auto, until they decided to release the first model of the Rover 8. It turned out cheap and cheerful. the car was actively sold, but did not differ in high comfort due to the lack of a rear suspension. A year later, the design error was corrected by releasing the Rover 6.
In the same 1905, two sports models were released, and one of them, 16/20, in 1907 bypassed all competitors in the Tourist Trophy race, taking first place there.
The Rover company came to the production of sedans in 1912, presenting the Twelve project, which became the first car of this type in the world and until 1914 had no analogues. Model 14, which was a modification of the 12th, was modified by engineer Peter Poppé in the early 20s and was produced until 1925, when it was replaced by the Rover 15, which at that time became the third version of the sedan.
After that, until 1933, Rover focused on the production of sports cars and racing cars. Then the company changed its management to the Wilkes brothers, who were actively involved in modifying the old model lines. As a result, almost the entire fleet of cars produced was updated.
During the 2nd world production facilities of the company were reoriented to the development and production of aircraft power units and motors for military vehicles.
The post-war years were turning points for Rover - the company switched to creating luxury cars. Until the end of the 80s "Rover" produced mainly sedans, sports cars and hatchbacks.
In 1984, a commercial agreement was reached with Honda, in collaboration with which several elegant models emerged. The contract lasted until 1994. This year the BMW concern, which had already acquired Rolls-Royce before, gained control over Rover.
As a result, the production facilities of Rover were retrained for the production of sports cars and SUVs, and the luxury car class was given to Royces. This did not mean the cessation of production and modifications of the previous model line, however, one after another, the conveyor lines for the production of prestige cars were gradually closed. Nevertheless, in 1998 "Rover" nevertheless presented the prestigious 75th model, but after modifications in 2004, and a year after the release of the modification, the production of the Rover 75 was discontinued.