MG RV8, 1996
MG RV 8, année 1996. Couleur vert metallisée « Woodcote Green » combinée avec un intérieur en cuir beige, un tapis beige et des tapis de protection noirs. Capote en mohair noir et housse de tonneau en vinyle beige. Cette très belle MG RV 8 a été importée du Japon aux Pays-Bas en 2015. Ensuite, la voiture fut convertie en conduite à gauche (LHD), avec direction assistée, ce qui était une opération complexe et coûteuse. Au cours du processus, l'unité de climatisation fut retirée. Cette MG RV 8 est en très bon état d'origine. La MG RV 8 est équipée du légendaire et puissant moteur Rover V8 et la voiture présente un intérieur luxueux avec une sellerie en cuir et un tableau de bord en noyer. L'intérieur montre de légères traces d'utilisation. La MG RV 8 est une voiture rare, seuls 1983 exemplaires furent produits (tous à conduite à droite) et 1579 voitures ont été vendues au Japon. Cette MG RV 8 désirable roule parfaitement, le moteur est très puissant et ça sonne fantastique !
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V8 engine (Rover)
cylinder capacity: 3946 cc.
capacity: 190 bhp. at 4750 rpm.
torque: 318 Nm. at 3200 rpm.
gearbox: 5-speed, manual
brakes: disc brakes all round
top-speed: 217 km/h.
acceleration 0-100 km/h: 5,9 sec.
weight: 1101 kg.
MG (Morris Garage) was set up by William Morris in the year 1923 to market a more sporty line of Morris models. Morris Production Manager, Cecil Kimber, was transferred from the factory in Cowley to Morris Garages (in Abington) to design MG's using Morris parts. MG production in Abingdon started in the year 1924. At the end of the 1930s, even normal passenger cars were introduced under the MG label.
The business flourished when in 1945, just after World War II, the sporty prewar MG TB and its successor the TC stole the hearts of the American soldiers. Numerous MGs were shipped to America where this type of motorcar was yet unknown.
Demand for the MG sports cars quickly rose in America, and most of the MGs were sold across the big pond in the years that followed. MGs were simple and well-built, affordable and easy to maintain. In 1952, Austin Motor Corporation merged with Morris Motors to form British Motor Corporation Ltd*.
In 1955, the pre-war TB and the post-war TC, TD and TF series with their pre-war designs were followed by the MG A roadster, which also became available as coupes after 1956.
In 1962, the successful MG A was followed by the even more successful and austerely but elegantly lined MG B. This series, too, mainly found its way to America. The MG B was available as roadster and as a 2+2 coupe, called the ‘GT’.
As British Motor* had stopped the production of the Austin Healey, there was again the need for a six-cylinder sports car from this stable, which made the MG C see the light of day in 1967. It was an MG B with a six-cylinder engine. However, this car failed to live up to expectations as its road-holding and character were not of Healey’s caliber. Eventually, Healey’s successor was to come from the newly merged British Leyland* stable in 1968, and was called the Triumph TR6.
In 1973, a V8 variant of the MG B came onto the market: the MGB V8. This model had a powerful Rover 3.5 litre V8 motor and was to be built until 1976.
The MG B roadster and the GT were sold until 1980, and, under pressure from American legislation, were adapted with safety-enhancing and emission-reducing conversions during their last five production years. The resultant thick rubber bumpers and less powerful engines made these cars much less attractive. Meanwhile, Japan produced the Datsun 240 Z, and put an end to the British sports car hegemony in America.
In 1980, it was curtains for MG B. In the years after, some Austins did appear, ‘dressed up’ as MGs but we’d rather forget about them. Finally, in the 1990s, a worthy successor emerged in the form of the MG F, which is available to this day.
In the year 2001 BMW decided to get rid of Rover because they were losing lots of money because the British pound was too expensive as was manufacturing cars in England.
A group of investors bought Rover. They took over the entire model line and were able to work out the last details on the Rover 75 Tourer and market it. Next idea was to give MG a true rebirth; various Rover models were technically re-engineered, tuned and spiced up to make thru drivers cars of them, a sporty line of cars alongside the Rover middle-class luxury line.
Looking at the Rover/ MG cars and reading about them in the press we can tell that we have high expectations of the MG models to appear in the future.
© Marc Vorgers
1968-75: BRITISH LEYLAND MOTOR CORPORATION, LTD
1975-78: BRITISH LEYLAND LIMITED
(in the merger of BRITISH MOTOR HOLDINGS with Austin-Morris and Jaguar interests in 1966)
and LEYLAND MOTOR CORP. LTD.
partly nationalized by the British government in 1975