1996 MG R V8

The MG RV8 was a hugely important step in the 1990s rebirth of its maker after more than a decade of saloon and hatchback-only production.

The RV8 came about thanks to Rover’s Heritage division, which had recently started to remanufacture MGB bodyshells. MG needed to get a roadster to market in a hurry, and reworking its classic model gave it an easy solution.

With the RV8 being based on a 30-year old model, its classic status was assured from the day it was unveiled, with a mere 1982 built between 1992 and 1995. Because of the limited production run these cars are now sought after and are also far more special than you might think.

Many dismiss the RV8 as little more than a MG B in a party frock, but the metamorphosis involved replacing 95 percent of the body panels to give a much more muscular look. The 3.9-litre V8 was also a massive improvement over the B-Series of the MGB, and to improve handling there was a wider track covered by flared wheelarches and upgraded suspension.  This truly stunning example is finished in traditional Woodcote Green with tan leather interior. Upgraded adjustable suspension has been fitted along with exhaust enhancements to bring out the best of the 3.9L V8. Recently fitted with a new mohair hood this fantastic example is ready for summer motoring.

BAINS CLASSIC MOTOR HOUSE is a low volume boutique classic car broker. Viewing of vehicles is by appointment only in our North Canterbury located Motor House.