Charles Spencer King (1925-2010)


Former Rover stalwart Spen King passed away on 26 June, after injuries sustained when his bicycle collided with a van a couple of weeks before.

Best known for his engineering work, he was responsible for various Rover and British Leyland models including the P6, SD1, Stag and TR7. After leaving school in 1942, King started an apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce before joining Rover, which was then run by his uncles Maurice and Spencer Wilks.

The iconic Range Rover was also his work, created in partnership with stylist David Bache. King often stressed that it was never meant to be a luxury vehicle.

By 1975 he was Director of Design for Leyland Cars, developing the Metro and SD1 before becoming chairman of BL Technology in 1979. He retired in 1985.

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