The MG RV8 was first exhibited at the NEC British Motor Show in October 1992, with the first production models sold in early 1993. Whilst this was 13 years after the last MGB model had been produced, British Motor Heritage were manufacturing new MGB bodyshells to meet demand from the MGB restoration market. The Rover Group (then owners of British Motor Heritage) was planning to launch a modern sports car at the time and so the RV8 came into being – using the newly made MGB bodyshell as the basis.
The modifications made included mildly flared wings and a subtly re-shaped nose with better aerodynamics. The interior was treated to a substantial upgrade with leather and veneer trim, but the biggest change was under the bonnet, where a 3.9 litre, fuel injected V8 engine was placed, giving the car a claimed 190bhp @ 4750rpm. Driving through a 5-speed gearbox, this gave a top speed of 136mph and 0-60mph time of 6.9 seconds. Considerably more performance than an MGB and faster than the original MGB GT V8. There had not been a factory-built V8-engined MGB Roadster previously, so the new RV8 had a niche of its own.
The model was manufactured for just 3 years, with 1,982 having been made by November 1995 when production ended. The RV8 was immensely popular in Japan and more than 1,500 were exported there. Many have since returned to the UK and the car offered here is one such, having been re-imported in 2004. It was subsequently purchased by a Guernsey resident and re-registered in the island in 2017. Much work has since been undertaken to return the car to a first-class condition and keep it in very good running order.