Tops Off For Spring!
Entered from a private collection
Estimate £18,000 - £22,000
Registration No: L1 MGR
Chassis No: SARRAWBMBMG000349
1 of just 140 UK-supplied cars to be finished in BRG Metallic
Warranted 21,000 miles from new
BMIHT Heritage Certificate
Power steering and Spax shock
Launched at the 1992 Birmingham Motor Show, the RV8 signalled MG's return to the open sports car market. Just as the Cobra grew out of the unprepossessing AC Ace, so the RV8 evolved from the immortal MGB Roadster (hence the car's 'Project Adder' development code). Built around a thoroughly re-engineered and neatly restyled version of its predecessor's monocoque bodyshell, it was powered by a 3948cc V8 engine that developed some 190bhp and 318Nm of torque. Said to be capable of 135mph and 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds, the adoption of telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bars all round brought a notable improvement in handling. Trimmed to a high standard, its inviting interior boasted leather upholstery and rich wood veneers. With the vast majority of the limited production run (just 1,983 are thought to have been made) going to a retro hungry Japan, RV8s remain a rare sight on British roads.
According to its accompanying British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, chassis 000349 was built to RHD, Home Market specification on 17th August 1993. Reportedly 1 of just 140 UK-supplied cars to be finished in British Racing Green Metallic and appropriately road registered as ‘L1 MGR’, the two-seater is warranted to have covered less than 21,000 miles from new. Purchased by the vendor from Philip Welch Specialist Cars of York on 18th May 2016 for £25,495 at 20,357 miles, the past six years have seen the RV8 kept garaged as part of a large private collection but scarcely used. Uprated with power steering, the MG is described by the vendor as being in ‘excellent overall’ condition with regards to its engine, gearbox, electrical equipment, bodywork and paintwork. He rates the interior trim as ‘very good’ mainly because the leather covering the dash top has shrunk somewhat. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, fresh MOT certificate and paperwork file.
Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023
An auction of classic, collector & performance cars
Tuesday 14th March 2023 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 15th March 2023 from 9am