MG RV8 No 57 of 1983
|Exterior Colour:||Nightfire Red Pearlescent|
|Interior Colour:||Stone Beige Leather|
|Date of Reg:||05/08/1993|
|Top Speed:||135 mph|
|Transmission:||5 Speed Manual|
|Engine Output:||190 bhp|
|Moulded body coloured sills, halogen headlamps, analogue clock, voltmeter, intermittent wipe, twin horns, cigar lighter, lights-on buzzer, courtesy light delay, boot lamp, illuminated glovebox, remote boot release, leather centre armrest, 3-speed heater fan, Britool Tool Kit, Remote Alarm.|
|Factory Fit Philips DC741 Premium Sound System, Alarm and Immobiliser, Original MG Carpeted Floor Mats, Britool MG Tool Roll, Wind-stop.|
Just as it left the factory... Immaculate and unmarked luxurious Connolly Stone Beige leather, (Code SMJ) is extensively used throughout the passenger cabin of the MG RV8 with a ruched design, being a UK home market car the Elm Burr veneer facia panel, centre console and door capping's are flawless the interior is pure elegance. The original VDO black-on-white gauges all work perfectly, all interior chrome fittings are of a very high standard. The deep pile dark stone beige carpets with original MG carpet overmats are free from wear and are as new. The original leather gear knob is in excellent order... stunning cockpit
The immediately recognisable hourglass shape of the MG RV8 is finished in Nightfire Red Pearlescent (Code 0916 COQ) this is 1 of only 41 produced in this colour for the UK Market making it very rare indeed. The all original paintwork has a uniformed and deep gloss finish throughout and is flawless, as you would expect from such a low mileage car. The original correct panels produced by Abbey Panels are unmarked and panel fit as per it left the factory as you would expect, no evidence of corrosion as expected with a car that has spent all of its life tucked away indoors. The underside is equally impressive it appears to have never seen rain. The original factory fitted soft top made by Tickford is pristine and rear screen perfectly clear. All original external decals are in perfect order as is the brightwork and lights. The original windscreen still supports the factory etched chassis number and the screen frame as new… A Classic is born.
The unmistakeable and original 5 lattice cast alloy 15x6J road wheels are in exceptional condition. The original MG centre security caps are unmarked. The Zender split rim bolts have no corrosion or damage. All matching original Michelin MXV3-A 205/65 ZR15 tyres are as new the factory original spare has never been fitted. Servo assisted ventilated front disc brakes with 4-piston callipers and rear drums give the car excellent braking feel and capability.
The 3.9 litre V8 is extremely usable with 318 Nm of torque at 3200 rpm and 190bhp giving effortless midrange power. 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 135mph this MG is no slouch. The engine bay is spotlessly clean and factory original with all markings plates and stickers present. The addictive V8 burble through the twin original exhaust is magical. The 5-speed manual gearbox is perfect changing with ease and precisely, the clutch is light and progressive... A joy to drive.
This stunning UK car no.58 is 1 of just 41 supplied in Nightfire Red Pearlescent and has only covered an incredible 3301 miles from new all fully backed up with the most impressive documented history file we have ever seen including many letters to Mr Bradford the first owner from the Commercial Director of Rover cars, original bill of sale, old tax discs, a box full of magazines and newspaper articles covering the launch, road tests and the journalists' first impressions of this relauched roadster. The service history is comprehensive with every MOT back to its first in September 1995 when it had covered only 1467 miles. Supplied with original owner handbooks and rare bespoke MG RV8 brochure both in the MG green leather wallets, 2 set of keys with 2 remote key fobs and dealer key rings, comes with an interesting MG number plate. A full bumper to bumper major service with all fluids changed has just been completed.
This MG RV8 must be one of the best if not the best car in the country. 1 owner for the first 25 years and 2 owners in total this is a stunning UK supplied RV8 with 3301 miles and incredible documented history starting from pre-production.
This is a stunning example that will appeal to enthusiast and collector alike. A truly exceptional preserved rare UK home market example with all original features it cannot fail to impress. Examples such as this do not become available very often and is not to be missed.
Along with superb parts availability, mechanical simplicity, very practical and owners club support all combined offer worry free classic car motoring allowing the new owner to concentrate solely on enjoyment.
MOT Until September 2021 and of course is HPI Clear.
The MG RV8 was bought to fruition by Rover Special Projects team, a team of 30 planners, engineers and designers based at Gaydon, Rovers test track in Warwickshire. Headed by RSP Director, Steve Schlemmer, the project was called Adder in recognition of the Anglo-American Cobra of the 60s, their objective was to recreate the MGB as it would have been had it never left production. Launched at the British Motor Show in 1992, the MG RV8 marked the welcome return of the MG sports car and the famous octagonal badge. At a price of £26,500 when new just 1983 units were made of which 1581 were sold to Japan.
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