Festive Teasers 2020 – What’s the Car?

An actor, a small city in Wisconsin, and an item of bespoke door furniture. Together they link to a well-regarded luxury car which spanned three decades of the 20th century.

What’s the car?

Image: imdb

Sir Roger Moore, British actor (1927 -2017)

Image: FDL Historical Society

The city of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Image: Kensington Design

A letterbox

3 thoughts on “Festive Teasers 2020 – What’s the Car?”

  1. Fond du Lac is the home of Mercury Marine, the letterbox of 10 Downing Street doesn’t open and Roger Moore was James Bond so I can only think of the Lotus Esprit but I suspect it’s far more devilish than that.

  2. Still of Roger Moore in ‘The man who haunted himself” where he drove one.
    Font du Lac, home of Mercury Marine where the later V8 engine was found by William Martin-Hurst, Rover’s Managing Director.
    Downing Street: They were very popular as ministerial cars, used throughout the 1970s.

    Rover P5, introduced in 1958, produced, in P5B form until 1973. Hence three decades: 1950s,. 1960s, 1970s.

  3. Bernard – congratulations, P5B is the correct answer.

    Roger Moore is pictured in his role as Harold Pelham, the central character in the 1970 British psychological thriller “The Man Who Haunted Himself”. In the film he drives – and crashes – a Rover P5B saloon, seen here in distinguished company.

    Fond du Lac is the small Wisconsin city where Rover MD William Martin-Hurst “tripped over” an example of the by-then redundant GM all-alloy 215ci V8, during a visit to the headquarters of Mercury Marine in 1963. Or so Rover folklore tells us – the engine was well-known in the UK long before then through the interest of racing and specialist car builders.

    Martin-Hurst’s ‘discovery’ of the pre-used ex-Skylark power unit in the Mercury experimental department led to the deal with GM through which Rover produced their own version of the Buick engine. The P5B was the first production Rover to use it.

    The letterplate is to be found on 10 Downing Street, the official residence and office of the First Lord of the Treasury, a post which, since 1905, has been held by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Rover P5s were used as Prime Ministerial transport until well into the 1980s. The UK government bought the final batch of P5Bs built in June 1973, and gradually registered the stored cars well into the next decade, for top-level state and Royal use.

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