15th Mar, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

 
  Lot 24
 

1994 MG RV8
Entered from a private collection

Sold for £23,062

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: L1 MGR
Chassis No: SARRAWBMBMG000349
MOT: March 2024

  • 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 absorbers

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The MG passed a MOT test with 'no advisories' on March 3rd 2023. The vendor has also had it serviced and shod with four new tyres in preparation for the sale.

PLEASE NOTE: The MG passed a MOT test with 'no advisories' on March 3rd 2023. The vendor has also had it serviced and shod with four new tyres in preparation for the sale.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
damian.jones@handh.co.uk
07855 493737

 

Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023

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