Hood Scoop Of The Week: Rover 3500

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When British Leyland decided to market the Rover P6 in North America, they knew that they'd need two things to make power-crazed Americans buy their hot saloon: a V8 engine… and wicked-looking hood scoops!


Thanks to Buick, they had the V8, and the British Leyland designers took a long enough break from throwing gasoline bombs on the picket lines to produce this outstanding triple-scoop setup. The center scoop feed the air cleaner, while the two outer scoops are somehow hooked into the car's ventilation system- hey, there's no way that setup could have any problems, right? We don't care, because we say these scoops look great, even compared to Detroit's best scoops from the Golden Age Of The Musclecar.

Naturally, we'll be continuing this series, so feel free to suggest your favorite hood scoops. How about the NACA vents on the Lamborghini Espada? The twin nostrils of the '68 Pontiac GTO? The Ford Thunderbolt? Or perhaps some of the new generation of retro'd-out Detroit scoops?
Image source: BritishV8

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I was going to pour over my extentive image library to find the hood scoop I liked, but instinctively I thought of the most elegant and demure example.

That, of course, is on the Alfa Romeo Montreal.

A basic NACA duct, perfectly proportioned, perfectly sized, modest, yet does not go unnoticed thanks to the bold black paint application. Very much of its time.

Molto bene.

Getting back to the point, I always had a soft spot for the P6. It saddens me greatly knowing that I've only seen one example.