2021 Shannons '40th Anniversary' Timed Online Auction
1995 MG RV8 Roadster
|Engine||3.9 litre V8|
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Having clung to survival in the 1980s with some uninspiring sedans MG's return to the ranks as a sports car manufacturer seemed highly improbable. But then in1992 came the news of a revamped and re-engineered version of the famous MGB; a car that with its 1981 demise held the record for sports car production. Known as the Rover MG RV8, the new model used a 3.9 litre V8 from the Range Rover while the MGB roadster body was heavily restyled and easily recognised by their extended wheel arches. In some ways the updated appearance bore some resemblance to the Rolls-Royce Corniche, an approach that followed through to the interior. Gone were the humble interior fittings of the original MGB, replaced with a walnut dash and door cappings, a full complement of instruments and leather seats. A redesigned suspension system, with telescopic shock absorbers, ball joints in the steering, power front disc brakes, and a heavy duty anti- roll bar were fitted, making these modernised MGs very competent handlers. Badged as Rover MGs and built at the Rover factory in Cowley (UK), these RV8s were hand-built in very small numbers, and most were exported to Japan.