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 1990’s. 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 1970’s, 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 RV8’s were built in total, around 75% of which were exported to Japan with the remainder sold new in the UK. There was no left-hand drive version.
Carrying the apt registration number ‘N100 MGR’, this example has covered just over 1,000 miles from new. Noteworthy features include wheel arch flares (from new), convertible hood, tonneau cover (new), stainless steel boot rack, and an ‘MPH’ speedometer. The car comes with service history and documentation confirming the mileage.
This is a unique opportunity to acquire an ‘as new’ RV8 which drives just as well as it looks.