That's a tempting idea, but the gentle woofle of a V8 through a quiet exhaust appeals too. Now, I miss my P6, with its open-plan dashboard, its bolt-on body panels over a structural base unit, its unusual suspension, its magically smooth ride and its obvious inspiration by a Citroën DS. And there is, of course, a V8 version, much favoured by police forces of the day.
As launched, though, in that pure Series One body, the Rover 3500 came with a slushy three-speed automatic gearbox, and it was not until the Series Two, ruined with a clunky plastic grille, fake power bulges and a splatter of extra brightwork and black panelling, that a manual – quite the hotrod – joined the range.
I couldn't have one of those. Too visually crass. However, there is currently for sale, on an essential website called carandclassic.co.uk, the perfect P6 and I want it badly. It's a 1969 Series One 3500 which has been converted to manual transmission. Even better, rather than the standard four-speed unit it has the five-speeder from the later Rover SD1.