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MG RV8 (1992 – 1995)

The MG RV8 is one of the stranger chapters in British history. Just as we like to how it would be if dinosaurs walked the today, a similar thought have been running the collective consciousness at Rover’s Projects division in the early

To be fair to these enthusiasts, only had a shoestring budget and a sense of historical rectitude to with, but it seems the fruit of labours has become something of a venture. Powered by a hulking V8 many saw the RV8 as the car the MGB would have had it not been left to wither on the

Emerging on the heels of the MG Metro, and Montego, the RV8 would probably been welcomed were it inept due to the fact that it was a roadster with retro That it was merely reasonably didn’t deter those to put down a deposit at the Birmingham Show in 1992.

As a used the MG RV8 will certainly guarantee a of exclusivity as well as nodding from the sort of gentleman who a pipe and calls the local whenever they see a suspicious foreigner. If the automotive equivalent of Laurie is your thing, the MG RV8 certainly appeal.


Models Covered: 2dr 3.9 petrol


Some after the earth cooled, died out and the general public the MG Montego was not the way forward, a germ of an was hatched at Rover Special based at the Gaydon test in Warwickshire. Heading up this of 30 or so engineers was a gentleman called Schlemmer, a man with an eye on what was up the road at the British Motor Heritage Trust.

The sheer awfulness of the MG Maestro had provoked wringing of teeth and gnashing of at BMIHT and rather than petition their local MP, decided to manufacture entire MGB shells in Faringdon, thus the MG dream alive. Recognising they’d never have the in place to build an entire the fruits of BMIHT’s labour appropriated by Schlemmer and his ‘Adder’ parochial Cobra) team.

started in 1990 and resulted in the car offered for sale at the end of 1992 at a heady £26,000.To put this perspective, a 4.0-litre TVR Griffith for £24,802. Take up was slow, due in no part to a decidedly lukewarm reception.

What You Get

The MG RV8 is little more a beefed up MGB with a 3.9-litre and slightly less archaic Anybody expecting it to rival a TVR in the handling stakes is likely to end up their error from the of a bush, but taken as it was supposed to be namely as a grand touring car of the old tradition, the RV8 is a qualified success.

The is well appointed with a blend of leather and wood, taller drivers will headroom limited. The styling is elegant, retaining the classic MGB with just enough of its own to ensure that it was never of being an unimaginative pastiche.

The and bulges that accommodate big V8 and the wider wheels and tyres are integrated and the removal of the side windows gives the car a clean when the hood is dropped. is helped by the fact that the stows flat, a trick some manufacturers (step Jaguar and Aston Martin) haven’t got to grips with One of the problems with developing on a is that ancillary parts to be sourced from a number of

It’s a tribute to the guys at that they managed to Porsche 911 headlamps, the same CDO seen in TVRs, Jaguar XJS handles, column stalks the Rover 800 and door mirrors and air from the Metro look each other so well.

You Pay

The RV8 may not have set the world on fire in its but history has been kind to it and viewed by many as the ultimate of the MGB line. Couple this a resurgence in MG brand equity and got a recipe for a sought after on your hands. As such, the RV8 some of the most bulletproof resistance of any modern car with few on the market for less than

Most examples will be low examples and owned by enthusiasts who their onions, so don’t to chance upon a hapless who’ll let their RV8 go for peanuts. any car such as this, condition and are much more pertinent to the valuation than age, but that the production run extended to a 2,000 cars, of which 330 were sold in Britain, and choosing isn’t going to be

Your best chance of an RV8 may well be to source one from where 1,579 examples exported to. Many of these migrated to Australia.

What to For


Check the wire wheels for as the TV*’s alloys are particularly The windscreen wiper blades foul the lower edge of the rubber if not adjusted and this the windscreen rubber to become The engines are, by and large, indestructible and many owners found the RV8 runs more on a diet of Shell Optimax unleaded petrol. Rust can be a especially on the windscreen surround.

If buying an ex-Japanese model, can be more of an issue on ancillary but the main body panels are all coated. A far more important with Japanese market is that their distributor advance pipes emerge the wrong side of the plenum This causes the timing to be all the time meaning poor response and ruinous fuel

Fortunately rectification is a mere job. Finally, it’s noting that there’s a hole drilled into the part of the exhaust between the boxes. For optimum exhaust make sure these unblocked by using a 1/8 drill

Replacement Parts

Whilst of the mechanicals are shared with like the Range Rover and TVRs, some of the MG RV8‘s are devilishly hard to get hold of. best bet for sourcing such is via either the MG Car Club or the MG Owner’s They will be able to you whether that snapped air is a unique gold-dust item or one can be replaced by pulling one out of an Austin for 50p at your local breaker’s

On the Road

Whoah! Steady on that right foot. The MG RV8 can to 60mph in less than six but you could also probably eat doughnuts in less than an hour. Neither are experiences want to repeat on a regular Although Rover replaced the frankly catastrophic lever arm with more modern units, roadholding is still described as interesting.

On anything than billiard smooth there’s still a good of hop and skip from the back end and all of V8 torque soon overwhelms the tyres. If you’re used to the levels of today’s roadsters a readjustment is required before a in the RV8. The gearchange also some getting used to, the moving around only in approximations of up/down and left/right to a ratio.

Other aspects of the RV8 are far happier. The steering weights up beautifully at speeds and the brakes are beyond Wind intrusion isn’t bad at all and the from that 3.9-litre V8, only having 187bhp to upon, is nothing short of

On it’s day it can be enormous fun. conditions conspire against it, the RV8 really be left in the dehumidified


It’s a one-off, British story that in a car that some will to the core of its existence whereas will deride with disguised contempt. One thing’s for A used MG RV8 will never be the predictable choice.

There are Mazda MX5s on the road Reincarnate a legend and you’ll out on it for good’

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