The V8 - the MG with effortless performance
Launched in August 1973, the V8 powered MGBGT combined the popular fixed head coupe body style with a powerful three and half litre light alloy V8 engine. The Rover powerplant ran with a reduced compression ratio but an increased torque compared with the similar engines then used in the Rover saloons. The result transformed the MGB, creating a very nimble car with the luxury of multi-cylinder power which was both flexible and economical - features which continue to have a special appeal for V8 enthusiasts today!

MGBGTV8 - Factory publicity photo in 1973

So if you are thinking of getting an MGBGTV8, what do you need to know about the model and look for when you inspect a car for sale? Well our useful guide aims to provide you with a concise briefing highlighting the key areas of concern you will need to check out. Of course you will also need to make the prudent checks you should make when buying any car and to help you there is an additional note on those checks.

See our profile of the MGBGTV8 model. More
More MGBGTV8 information and support. More

Costello V8 Roadster
So you want to buy an MGBGTV8?
A useful six page guide to buying an MGBGTV8 published as an article in Safety Fast! in September 2008. More

Three useful detailed buying guides
Dave Wellings has carried out a major rebuild of his V8 and highlights keys areas to check. V8NOTE310
Gordon Hesketh-Jones uses his V8 a great deal with over 400,000 miles so his guide is based on his experience of many rebuilds. V8NOTE311
Dave Parker of Mechspec MG Centre gives us the low down on what to look for when buying one of these affordable classics. It's an eye-opener for many! More

Buying a classic MG
This five part guide and checklists will remind you of all the prudent checks you will need to make when buying any car. More
Your legal rights. More
Sample receipt when paying cash for your car. More

Finding a good MGBGTV8 - a member's story. More

Price guide for an MGBGTV8
A guide to current prices. Guide

MGV8s for Sale
V8s currently for sale on the V8 website. More

V8s sold on the V8 website. More

Background to MGBGTV8
Top tips for a new MGBGTV8 enthusiast. More
A profile of the V8 - the MG with effortless power. More
What were the Factory colours? More
V8 body colour and trim numbers. More
V8 specification and technical features. More
Key features of the V8. More
Factory V8 brochures. More
Road test in Police Review in August 1973. More
Adverts to remember. More
V8 rebuilds (photo records). More

Manuals you will need for an MGBGTV8
A checklist of the various manuals and parts lists you will need for your V8. More

Useful V8 Workshop Notes
Where does the distributor vacuum line got? More
V8 back axle roll pin modification. More
Waxoyling a V8. More
Cooling a V8. More
Headlamp upgrade. More
12 volt battery conversion. More
Electronic distributor options. More
V8 brake servo failure caution. More
How does the V8 servo work? More
Which brake fluid? More
Replacement tyre choices discussed. More

V8 Workshop Notes series
Spares and maintenance tips contributed by fellow members since 1978 have been compiled as a series of useful notes published in eleven volumes. They are available on a convenient CD.
Summary of the series
Contents of the series

V8 restoration references
A checklist of the useful references. More
Health issues highlighted. More

V8 information and support
Review of classic car insurance for an V8. More
Insurance disclosure caution. More
Links to much more information and support on the V8 website. More

Online vehicle checks & services
Check your vehicle status, MOT and insurance status plus links to online tax & SORN guides. More
Online vehicle check services, Autotrader & AA. More
Road tax/SORN/insurance news. More
MGB V8 Conversions

How to give your MGB V8 power

Roger Williams' book is an authoritative and indispensable reference source for anyone considering a V8 conversion. A review of the third edition of his book is available on the V8 website.

V8 Conversion project - from dream to reality
V8 Roadster Conversions are very popular with V8 enthusiasts and come in a variety of specifications. Here Geoff King (Tartan Red 4309) from Kincardinshire provides a fascinating tale of how his project was conceived and carried out to produce an award winning V8 Roadster with a wonderful specification and performance. More

Hoyle suspension modification
John Hoyle's suspension modification kits are for the V8 Roadster, MGBGTV8 or RV8. More
V8 Register - MG Car Club - the leading group for MGV8 enthusiasts at