One owner, 7,600 miles from new,1996 MG RV8 Roadster  Chassis no. SARRAWBMBMG002175 Engine no. UEA48A000002104

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Lot 306
One owner, 7,600 miles from new,1996 MG RV8 Roadster
Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. SARRAWBMBMG002175 Engine no. UEA48A000002104

Sold for £ 15,870 (US$ 20,048) inc. premium
One owner, 7,600 miles from new
1996 MG RV8 Roadster
Registration no. to be advised
Chassis no. SARRAWBMBMG002175
Engine no. UEA48A000002104

Footnotes

  • 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 success of the Heritage MGB replacement bodyshell had demonstrated the continuing popularity of that car, so the decision was taken to base the new model on MG's most successful sports car, suitably re-engineered for the 1990s. The MG RV8 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 fully integrated body-coloured bumpers in the modern idiom. Beneath the power-bulged bonnet there was the latest 3.9-litre version of the Rover V8 engine, a modern derivative of that used to power the MGB V8 back in the 1970s, mated to a Rover LT77 five-speed manual gearbox. With a maximum power output of 188bhp capable of a top speed of 135mph, the RV8 was the most powerful MG ever at the time of its launch. The UK price on introduction 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 purchased new by the vendor from Clive Sutton on 7th February 1996 and has covered only 7,600 miles since then. The car has been maintained by the vendor's personal motor engineer and by Sargeants of Goudhurst, though the only significant items requiring replacement have been the water pump (in 1996) and the battery (2009). Finished in black and fitted with a vehicle tracking device, this rare modern MG is offered with MoT to March 2011, old-style Swansea V5 and a quantity of old MoTs and tax discs dating back to 1998.
One owner, 7,600 miles from new,1996 MG RV8 Roadster  Chassis no. SARRAWBMBMG002175 Engine no. UEA48A000002104
One owner, 7,600 miles from new,1996 MG RV8 Roadster  Chassis no. SARRAWBMBMG002175 Engine no. UEA48A000002104
One owner, 7,600 miles from new,1996 MG RV8 Roadster  Chassis no. SARRAWBMBMG002175 Engine no. UEA48A000002104
One owner, 7,600 miles from new,1996 MG RV8 Roadster  Chassis no. SARRAWBMBMG002175 Engine no. UEA48A000002104
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