Lot 225 - 1995 12990 RV8
|Odometer reading||16,800 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,000|
The MG RV8 was a hugely important step in the 1990's rebirth of MG Cars after more than a decade of only producing saloons and hatchbacks. Since Abingdon's closure in 1980, MG had been reserved for the Metro, Maestro and Montego and, although these cars were worthy, what enthusiasts really wanted was a new MG roadster. In creating the RV8, Rover very cleverly used a combination of off-the-shelf parts, such as the Range Rover's V8 engine and British Motor Heritage MGB bodyshell. So, in this re-incarnation of the MGB, the rubber bumper specification body was taken and modified to accept a new set of beautifully curvaceous outer panels. The 3.9-litre Range Rover EFi V8 engine developed 185bhp, and gave the RV8 enough power to crack six seconds for the 0-60mph run. A five-speed LT77 gearbox, derived from the Rover SD1 was used along with a new Salisbury axle. Very significant modifications were made to the suspension and brakes to bring the car up to date. The interior featured leather and burr elm facia and door cappings. Japan proved to be a successful market during the recession of the 1990's and, of the 1983 MG RV8's made, 1581 were sold out there, although many have subsequently come back home to the UK.
This is one such car; returning from Japan in 1999 after only covering 6,000km. After it was imported the speedometer was replaced with a new MPH unit which now reads 16,800 miles signifying that this MG RV8 has a total mileage of just over 20,000 miles from new. Recorded as having two owners from 1999, the second owner purchased the car in 2002 from MG specialists Brown & Gammons and while he used it sparingly he did enter a couple of long distance rallies and kept it fully maintained. In 2013 Brown & Gammons replaced the cylinder head gaskets. This excellent MG RV8 is finished in pearlescent Le Mans Green with Stone Beige Leather interior and is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in March 2015, a file containing old MoT certificates and invoices, a workshop service manual and the original handbook pack with handbook and Japanese service book. These RV8's were built to a high standard and to a high specification and being limited in number means they contain all the right ingredients to become a future classic.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.