The head-restraints in the Rover 3500 always struck me as overkill, the ones in the back I mean.
Sorry about the reflections in the photo. 80% of that head restraint is not adding comfort or restraint. Why did they make them so big? We wrote about the 3500 before. And here is the front head restraint which is has a markedly different form.
This one can be set to the right height.
I get the impression the Wikipedia entry was written by a fan: “The 3500 was introduced in April 1968 (one year after the Rover company was purchased by Triumph’s owner, Leyland) and continued to be offered until 1977. The manufacturer asserted that the light metal V8 engine weighed the same as the four-cylinder unit of the Rover 2000, and the more powerful car’s maximum speed of 114 mph (183 km/h) as well as its 10.5-second acceleration time from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) were considered impressive, and usefully faster than most of the cars with which, on the UK market, the car competed on price and specifications. (The glaring exception was the Jaguar 340, substantially quicker and, in terms of manufacturers’ recommended prices, 15 per cent cheaper than the Rover 3500, the Jaguar representing exceptional value as a “run-out” model, shortly to be replaced by the Jaguar XJ6.)”
Rover planned the 3500 before they were taken over by British Leyland. With the 3500 and Triumph 2500 on sale at the same time there was now an internecine feud taking place and Triumph lost. We have reflected before on how Triumph, not Rover, had the credentials to be a BMW-beater whereas Rover ought to have been closer to Jaguar. Alas, BL owned them as well. Something had to give.