In 1992, 12 years after the last MG sports car had rolled off the Abingdon production lines, Austin-Rover made the inspired decision to revive this most charismatic of British marques by introducing an entirely new model – the MG RV8. The success of the Heritage MGB replacement bodyshell had demonstrated the continuing popularity of that car, so the decision was taken to base the new model on MG’s most successful sports car, suitably re-engineered for the 1990s. The MG RV8 was announced at the 1992 Motor Show, its launch being timed to coincide with the MGB’s 30th anniversary. Although recognisably related to its distinguished forebear, the RV8 was wider, lower and sleeker, featuring fully integrated body-coloured bumpers in the modern idiom. Beneath the power-bulged bonnet there was the latest 3.9-litre version of the Rover V8 engine, a modern derivative of that used to power the MGB V8 back in the 1970s, mated to a Rover LT77 five-speed manual gearbox. With a maximum power output of 188bhp and capable of a top speed of 135mph, the RV8 was the most powerful MG ever at the time of its launch. The UK price on introduction was £26,500. Only 1,983 MG RV8s were built in total making this a future classic, around 75% of these were exported to Japan with the remainder sold new in the UK. There was no left-hand drive version.
This particular MG is finished in Oxford blue and only 36 were ordered in this colour in the UK, making this colour very rare indeed. Most RV8’s (1269) were green. The heart of the car is the fuel injected 3.9 rover V8 which powers the car from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds, so it’s a very quick little sports car.
This car is in very good condition with no rust or cosmetic imperfections. The engine is very sound and smooth, and it has covered just 26,500 miles from new. A recent service was carried out along with a routine maintenance check on the linkages and bushes. This is without a doubt a future classic and highly desirable for any respected collector in arguably the rarest and by far the best colour combination.