In 1992, 12 years after the last MG sports car had rolled off the Abingdon production lines, Austin-Rover made the inspired decision to revive this most charismatic of British marques by introducing an entirely new model - the MG RV8. The latter was announced at the 1992 Motor Show, its launch being timed to coincide with the MGB's 30th anniversary. Although recognisably related to its distinguished forebear, the RV8 was wider, lower and sleeker, featuring integrated body-coloured bumpers in the modern idiom. Beneath the power-bulged bonnet there was the latest 3.9-litre Rover V8 engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. With a maximum power output of 188bhp, the RV8 was the most powerful MG ever at the time of its launch, with a top speed of 135mph. The UK price at launch was £26,500. Only 1,983 MG RV8s were built in total, around 75% of which were exported to Japan with the remainder sold new in the UK. There was no left-hand drive version. This example was re-imported from Japan in 2005 and has had two previous owners, covering circa 27,000 miles from new (original 'km/h' speedometer available). New Goodyear tyres were fitted less than 1,000 miles ago and the car is described as in generally excellent condition. Finished in Woodcote Green with beige leather interior, this rare modern MG is offered with MoT/tax to 31st July 2011 and Swansea V5. A quantity of spares and a (copy) workshop manual are included in the sale.