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1884: The Rover Safety Cycle, recognisably a modern bicycle rather than a penny-farthing.

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1933 Rover 10 [*]
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Rover 16 [*]
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1948 Rover 75 [*]

1948: Rover created the Land-Rover 4×4.

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1950 75 [*]

Exploratory prototype estates of the 1958-67 P5 3-litre were built but not "progressed" [-Rover].

1963 and 1965: A Rover/BRM Gas-Turbine car raced at Le-Mans.

1963: The P6, Rover 2000, was launched.
1966: A twin carburettor version of the P6, the Rover 2000 TC.
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1969 2000 TC [*]
1968: A 3.5-litre V8 version of the P6, the Rover 3500.
1976: The Rover SD1.
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1984 SD1 3500 Van Den Plas [*]
Exploratory prototype estates of the 1976-86 SD1 (3500) were built but not progressed [-Rover].

1988: British Aerospace (BAe) acquired Rover Group.

1994: Rover Group sold to BMW.

2000: Rover sold off (to 'Phoenix') by BMW. (Ford bought LandRover.)

2001: Station wagon version of the Rover 75.

2005 April: MG-Rover went into receivership after take-over talks with Chinese groups failed.

[*] Rover Car Club, Vic., .au, concourse d'elegance, 2003.
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