December 2018 – 1995 MG RV8
I had test-driven a number of RV8s over the years, and not found one I liked well enough to buy. Colour for me is an important factor on an RV8 – I wanted either Oxford Blue (preferably) or Nightfire Red, so when I saw this car advertised, I went to see and test it. It ticked all the right boxes, so I went ahead with the purchase – the registration number, already fitted, was a bonus!! It was originally a Japanese export model with air con (working!), re-imported in 2004, and has 38k miles.
Since the boot is full of spare wheel, I have fitted a boot rack to make it more practical, and a Perspex windstop to make it more comfortable. As purchased, it was fitted with a single box sports exhaust, which, while it sounded great, was a bit tiring on long journeys, so I changed it for a standard 2-box system. The other mod on the to-do list is to fit electric power steering at some stage so the wife can drive it!
Owner: Adrian Bennett
Make/model: MG RV8
Month/year of manufacture: April 1995
Colour: Oxford Blue
Engine size/type: 3940cc, Rover/Buick V8
BHP: 214 at flywheel, dyno tested
Top speed: 136mph
Gearbox type: R380 5-speed
Area: Bicester, Oxon
Date purchased: November 2017