MG enthusiasts have Kent-based engineer Ken Costello to thank for the existence of the V8-engined MGB, the favourable reception of his 3.5-litre Rover V8-engined conversions prompting British Leyland to follow suit. As the aluminium-alloy V8 weighed only a few pounds more than the cast-iron four it replaced, little re-engineering of the existing suspension was called for. The transmission and brakes were up-rated though, the original gearbox being swapped for a modified MGC manual-plus-overdrive unit and bigger front discs fitted together with a Lockheed servo. Considerably quicker than the 'B', the V8 could reach 60mph in around eight seconds and had a top speed of 125mph, respectable figures even today. Introduced in August 1973 and built only in GT Coupé form, the MGB V8 was supplied exclusively to the UK market. Only 2,591 cars had been manufactured before the model was withdrawn in 1976, making the MGB V8 one of the rarest and most sought-after of post-war MGs. This MGB V8 was taken off the road and rebuilt over a period of seven years, returning to the road in 2000. The car had covered circa 60,000 miles at time of rebuild and since completion has only traveled a further 500-or-so. All invoices (totaling £18,900) relating to the rebuild are contained within an accompanying British Racing Green leather folder together with all other support documentation, ownership history details, photographs, sales brochure, owners handbook, etc. Work undertaken included a bare metal strip down and the replacement of the front and rear wings, inner sills, castle rails, floors, inner wings, trumpets, jacking points, dashside, pedal box and bonnet, while a new RV8 front subframe complete with disc brakes was fitted instead of the original. The finished bodyshell was then re-sprayed in British Racing Green, and Waxoyl applied to relevant inner panels. A complete new interior was installed, comprising trim panels, headlining and black leather seats, while the Webasto sunroof was refurbished. The engine, gearbox and rear axle were all fully stripped and overhauled with replacement parts wherever necessary, the former being fitted with a stainless steel exhaust and manifold. A new wiring loom has been installed together with various electrical components, while other new parts used in this most comprehensive restoration are far too numerous to list here. Presented in excellent, fully restored condition throughout, the car is offered with BMIHT Production Record Trace Certificate, MoT to 28th May 2009 and Swansea V5.