How many RV8s were made and in what colours?
Christopher Allan (Flame Red 1192) from the West Midlands has
done further research on the RV8 Build Records at the Heritage Motor
Centre museum at Gaydon and has updated the earlier research undertaken
by John Bolt (Nightfire Red 1228) from Buckingamshire. The updated
chart shows the numbers of RV8s manufactured for the three market
categories in the various production colours. (Updated
The initial version of this chart was produced back in November 2004
following a visit the Gaydon made by John to get a Heritage Certificate
for his RV8. He asked the archivist whether they had any details of
how many RV8s had been produced in each colour and found they did
not have that information to hand. The archivist suggested John could
work through the build cards for the production cars and produce the
information so a few weeks later John found he had a day to spare
so set off again for Gaydon and took up the archivist's offer. The
original chart, updated following the further work by Chris Allan
at Gaydon, is available as a download. RV8
From his manuscript
copy of the records, John found his RV8, a reimported car from Japan,
was the 58th car in Nightfire Red and 674th car sent to Japan. The
table shows that almost 80% of the RV8s sent to Japan were in Woodcote
How many RV8s were built?
If you are puzzled as to how to reconcile the frequently mentioned
total production figure of 2,000 RV8s then the following explanation
may help. The first production RV8 was VIN 0251 in line with the longstanding
custom at MG and the final RV8 was VIN 2233, a total of 1,983 cars.
Research by John Bolt and Chris Allan indicates there were 31 pre-development
and validation cars of which some 24 were registered, so the RV8 production
total is believed to be 2,007. [details
to be checked with John Bolt at the NEC on Saturday 13th November
RV8 build cards
by the V8 Register, John Bolt and Chris Allan
cards are in three colours:
White for RV8s supplied to the UK market
for export - mainly to Europe, particularly Germany
Yellow for cars sent to Japan.
The example alongside is a reproduction of the build card
for John Bolt's car, Nightfire Red 1228. For a larger copy
of this build card click the link below.