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Lot 41 - 1995 MG R V8

1995 MG R V8

Sold for £10,969

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: M955SUX
Chassis No: 1001040
Mot Expiry: Dec 2006

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 3,948cc 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.
Declared manufactured in 1995 by the DVLA but with a Heritage certificate build date of 22.09.1994 this particular example is finished in Woodcote Green which was an extra £750 option when new. Exported to Japan when new it returned and was registered in 2003 in the UK. It still has its documented service history whilst it was in Japan, which shows the last service at 34000 kilometres, but the original odometer still states some 42000 kilometeres. Add to this the current MPH odometer of some 10,000 miles and we have an approximate total mileage covered by the car from new at approaching 36000 miles.
This manual five speed roadster will definitely turn heads as it passes down the road and of course it is a natural for iconic 'classic status' in the years to come as practically all MG's have over the years. Tested until December this year and with a current road fund licence until the end of April it is ready to drive away from the sale to start a new life with its new owner who will surely love it during the upcoming summer months.

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