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RV8 Production

FIRST PRODUCTION & PRESS CARS

VIN

Rego No

Colour

Comments

900015

K 60 MGR

British Racing Green

Dealer Demonstration Car

900016

K 6 MGR

Old English White

Dealer Demonstration Car

900017

K 14 MGR

Woodcoote Green

PressCar

900018

K 18 MGR

Nightfire Red

Dealer Demonstration Car

900019

K 16 MGR

Le Mans Green

Dealer Demonstration Car

900020

K 20 MGR

Le Mans Green

Dealer Demonstration Car

900021

K 11 MGR

Nightfire Red

Dealer Demonstration Car

900022

K 70 MGR

Oxford Blue

Dealer Demonstration Car

900025

K 17 MGR

Oxford Blue

Dealer Demonstration Car

900026

K 50 MGR

Le Mans Green

Dealer Demonstration Car

900027

K 19 MGR

Le Mans Green

Dealer Demonstration Car

900028

K 13 MGR

Oxford Blue

Dealer Demonstration Car

900029

K 12 MGR

Nightfire Red

Press Car

900030

K 15 MGR

White Gold

Dealer Demonstration Car

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Significant Dates Concerning the MG RV8

June 1991:  Rover grants approval for RV8 project to proceed.
January 1992: first MG RV8 prototype is presented to Rover Dealers.
June 1992: First Brochures of MG RV8 are released.
20th October 1992: MG RV8 unveiled to Rover Chairman John Towers at Press
Preview of the Birmingham Motor Show.
31st March 1993: First MG RV8 completed at Cowley Chassis No 251 Metallic BRG
VIN SARRAWBMBMG000251 destined for the British Motor Heritage Museum.
October 1993: MG RV8 makes its Japanese debut at Tokyo Motor Show, Rover swamped with orders.
13th January 1994: First Batch of RV8's Leave England bound for Japan.
22nd November 1995: Last MG RV8 Chassis No. SARRAWBMBMG002233, Woodcote Green leaves England bound for Japan with plague proclaming the Chassis No. 002203 which will no doubt trip up historians in the future.

 

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RV8 Distribution

The final figures from Rover showed that, of the 2000 cars sold, the vast majority went to distant markets.

John Bolt (Nightfire Red 1218) from Buckinghamshire has been doing some research at the Heritage Museum at Gaydon and has produced an interesting chart setting out authoritative details on the number of RV8's produced in each colour which will be interest to RV8 enthusiasts.
The following chart is an amendment to the previous published figures and will finally settle many disputed claims.

Colour UK % Europe % Japan % Totals %
Black 12 3.9 5 5.4 1 0.1 18 0.9
BRG 139 45.3 65 70.7 1 0.1 205 10.3
Caribbean 16 5.2 3 3.3 0 0.0 19 1.0
Flame Red 15 4.9 1 1.1 0 0.0 16 0.8
Nightfire Red 41 13.4 1 1.1 108 6.9 150 7.6
White Gold 12 3.9 0 0.0 0 0.0 12 0.6
Optional Colours ( At Extra Cost )
Le Mans Green 28 9.1 2 2.2 0 0.0 30 1.5
Old English White 3 1.0 1 1.1 1 0.1 5 0.3
Oxford Blue 36 11.7 8 8.7 214 13.5 258 13.0
Woodcote Green 5 1.6 6 6.5 1258 79.5 1269 64
Totals 307   92   1583   1982  
Percentage   15.5   4.6   79.9   100

 

For full details visit www.v8register.net/subpages/RV8NOTE 216.htm

RV8 Enthusiasts are reminded complete sets of RV8 Notes are available on CD in Word & PDF Formats
and are supplied & compiled by the MGCC V8 Register.
The V8 Register was formed in 1978 and has become the leading group for MG V8 Enthusiasts. The group includes MGBGTV8's, MGBv8 Conversions, RV8's and has over 2800 members in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and across mainland Europe.
Contact : victorsmith@v8register.net
This is a group any MG V8 Enthusiast should join !.

The first production car being 00251 (the final digits of a very long VIN), and the last on 22 November 1995 being 02233,
we therefore had a production total of 1983 cars; this means that if Roverís figures are correct, 17 pre-production cars were also sold off. 

The huge Japanese figure has fallen somewhat as RV8s have been re-exported to Australia, New Zealand, the UK and elsewhere. In Australia there are currently 226 RV8's which have been imported from Japan and no doubt this number will continue to increase.

Disclaimer: Much of this information was acquired from the MG Car Club safety fast Magazine.
This information is copyright by the respected parties.

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