MG RV8

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Sunday, 26 September 2010 00:00

‘And now,’ to quote the immortal words of Monty Python, ‘for something completely different’ – an RV8 fresh home from Japan with the usual tiny mileage, but with anything other than the usual specification

Words and pictures: Simon Goldsworthy

Firstly, my apologies to anybody who has turned to these pages expecting to read the latest updates on our MGs that would normally be here. You should already have caught up with Maddie’s MGF in its earlier feature, but I have annexed this slot so that we could squeeze in a rather extraordinary RV8. I am sure you will not be crushed by the disappointment, but instead will agree it is worth this departure from standard procedure!

Which, now I come to think of it, sums this car up just about perfectly – a departure from standard procedure. It has recently been re-imported from Japan by James Barton of Croydon Classics. It is in fact the first car that James has brought back from the land of the rising sun, although it will not be his last – an MGA is already following behind and making the long voyage home to the UK.

The RV8 is also something of a radical departure from James’ normal stock profile – he tends to focus on beautifully restored chrome-bumper MGBs, whereas the RV8 has been modified in just about every department with competition clearly in mind.

MG RV8

We’re not sure exactly which kind of competition (although we do have our suspicions) because unfortunately, when cars return from Japan they usually leave with very little in the way of history. All that came with this car was a very basic Japanese registration document showing it was first registered in Tokyo in June 1995, so figuring out what has been done to turn it into the beast you see here is a real voyage of discovery.

Some of the changes are very obvious and easy to understand, others are only slowly revealing their secrets. But one thing is certain – somebody has spent an absolute fortune turning this most pampering of MGBs into something rather more hard-edged.

We suspect that it was developed for drifting, which is hugely popular in Japan. The sport is catching on in the UK too, but this car could also be adapted for racing (assuming you can find a formula that will accept its modifications), or hillclimbing (which tends to be more lenient in its class structure). It would also make a superb trackday tool, or just be cracking good fun for the road.

One thing is for certain though: whatever your goal, you couldn’t build one like this for anything close to the £14,000 asking price.

Let’s go through some of the more obvious changes, which should give you a flavour of the car. Starting at the front, the grilles have been cut about to get as much cooling air through the oil cooler and into the engine bay as possible. But to be honest, you only tend to notice that after you’ve finished gawping at the bonnet.

This has been crowned by the mother of all air scoops to feed the engine, flanked on either side by a row of vents facing the other way to help get hot air out of the engine bay. Lift up the bonnet (it is a bit floppy now that so much of its strengthening has been cut away) and the reason for the air scoop becomes clear – the fuel injection has been ditched in favour of a Holley carburettor topped with the biggest air filter I have ever seen.

We are not sure what – if anything – has been done internally to the engine, but there are no obvious signs of even the slightest cost-cutting measures in the engine bay. Everywhere you look there are competition-spec braided steel pipes, silicone coolant hoses and beautiful race-spec aluminium cans for catching everything from crankcase fumes to overflow from the cooling system.

Croydon Classics are open for viewing by appointment, six days a week. Call James on 07990 977197, or visit the web at www.croydonclassics.com to view their current stock.

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