Rover – The Poor Man’s Rolls

Photo by Andrew Bone from a Bygone Era:
Two-tone grey 4-door 1962 Rover Saloon

Road and Track Reporter:
“I honestly believe (barring the Rolls-Royce) there is no finer car built in the world today.”

In the early 1960’s, there were just two British-made automobiles that were parked in front of the company’s mammoth home-office building in Calcutta – the Chairman’s Bentley and my Rover. And I believe to this day that the latter stole the show!

I had just taken over as the Head of Coal Department and the perk I was most proud of was the two-tone grey four-door Rover Saloon. Most importantly, it was bequeathed to me  along with its able and willing driver, Ishaaque, who very soon became an integral part of my family: he was always on call when needed for official or domestic purposes; and took over the wheel from me purposefully when I gave signs of flagging while driving through large swaths of the eastern states of West Bengal and Bihar where the company’s extensive coal mines were located.

References:
Wikipedia, My Diary

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