1961 Rover 100 Saloon Is Down on the English Street in York

Jackson Wheeler
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I traveled to England recently, on a mission to document interesting discarded vehicles found in that nation’s scrapyards. Most of the cars you’ll find on the street there in winter are fairly new and only interesting in that many of them aren’t available on our side of the Atlantic, but I managed to find this well-preserved Rover P4 saloon parked in York.

york cold war bunker

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I had taken a break from scrapyard crawling to visit the York Cold War Bunker, a not-very-blast-proof facility built to monitor fallout and locate nearby explosions in the event of a nuclear confrontation with the Warsaw Pact. The idea was that a network of these bunkers around Britain would enable leaders to know exactly where the nukes were landing and how bad the contamination was.

bomb strength indicator

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Every bunker needs a Bomb Power Indicator.

1991 talbot express camper van

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Outside, I found one of the very last vehicles ever built with Talbot badging: a Fiat-built Talbot Express Camper Van.

1961 rover 100 on the street in york, england

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Then, just a block away, this Rover was parked among some very ordinary machinery.

The Rover P4 was built from 1949 through 1964 and was considered a prestigious luxury saloon in its time. The 100 is powered by a 2.6-liter F-head straight-six engine.

The owner showed up while I was photographing his car and explained that he had several additional vintage Rovers. As one does.

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Jackson Wheeler is a skilled editor at Speedofdaily.com, specializing in automotive content. With a background in Journalism and Automotive Engineering, he combines his passion for cars with his writing expertise to deliver captivating articles. Jackson's deep knowledge of automotive technology and his racing experience make him a valuable asset to the team, providing readers with informative and engaging content.
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