Lot 73 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Sold for £42,750
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: Un-Reg
Chassis No: SA9SVGCAB4M130131
MG's striking SV was designed by Peter Stevens, Royal College of Art Designer who had been responsible for McLaren’s F1 and was based on the platform of the Qvale Mangusta. Prior to the demise of MG Rover, a team has been working on a project to return the company to the forefront of motorsport competition via sports and touring racing which included production of high-performance road cars. The XPower SV was planned as the ultimate in the company’s street legal offerings. Making its debut at the 2002 UK Motor Show the SV boasted a mouth-watering specification including a Ford 4.6-litre V8 power plant with five-speed gearbox and limited slip differential. The design’s Italian-built steel box frame chassis (clothed in carbon fibre) was extremely rigid - as it needed to be in order to cope with some 320bhp on tap. The 0-60mph dash could be achieved in under 5.5 seconds whilst top speed was quoted at 165mph.
This unregistered right-hand drive example registers delivery mileage only and is one of just 82 production versions made. Finished in a striking combination of Amazon Orange with Black interior it has recently been displayed at the BMIHT Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon and is offered with an original SV sales brochure. As would be expected from such a low mileage and cosseted example the vendor has no hesitation in describing the condition of the bodywork, paintwork, interior, engine and transmission as “excellent”. As one of the fastest MG’s ever built, this is a rare opportunity to acquire an important piece of the company’s illustrious history.