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Charles Spencer King

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(Charles Spencer) Spen King (1925-2010) of Rover

1925 Born

Educated at public school

1942 Apprentice at Rolls-Royce where he worked on developing gas turbines

1945 Joined Rover, working for his uncles Maurice Wilks and Spencer Wilks

1950 Involved in the development of the Marauder sports car

1952 Helped to design the Jet One, gas turbine powered car, which broke the speed record for gas turbine cars.

1959 Became chief engineer for new vehicle projects at Rover

1963 Responsible for the development of the Rover 2000

1966 Began work on the Range Rover as a more comfortable Land Rover, which was launched in 1970 but King was subsequently disappointed by the widespread use of these vehicles in urban environments.

1967 Rover was incorporated into Leyland

Began work on engines for Triumph sports cars including the Stag, TR6, TR7 and TR8.

Appointed director of design and chairman of BL Technology. In charge of developing hatchbacks such as the Metro and Maestro.

1985 Left BL and founded his own design consultancy

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Sources of Information

  • The Times, July 08, 2010