rear lamp sells for £475 on eBay!
Ian Quarrington has been following the bidding on eBay for an RV8
rear lamp unit and saw that over the 7 days of bidding the unit finally
sold for £475.
the prospects for a new supply of RV8 lamps?
Clive Wheatley mgv8parts is working on sourcing a new supply of RV8
rear lamps but the tooling for the new lenses and the complicated
backing of the unit will require a serious investment. Clive is working
with a local specialist
but it's not a straighforward rear lamp unit like the item seen on
MGBGTV8s and MGBs.
During his researches Clive found from contact with the original manufacturer
of the RV8 rear lamp units for MG Rover that following the demise
of MG Rover all the tooling for the lamp units was binned. He also
heard that the original tooling cost MG Rover over £280,000
back in the early 1990s but Clive is working with a local specialist
and the progress with the lenses has gone well but now they are working
on the complicated backing to the unit with the mountings and lamp
fittings. But it is a project Clive wants to be a success and the
good news is the manager of the specialist company also has an RV8
of his own!
online auction of a rare RV8 rear lamp unit on eBay began on
Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 9.00am with a starting price
of £40 and with 50 bids from 4 bidders ended with a final
bid of £475 on at 9.00am on Tuesday 17th September.
For many RV8 enthusiasts this will be surprising news but for
members who have been actively searching for a replacement RV8
rear lamp they will be only too aware that they have become
as rare as hens' teeth!
How did the bidding go?
Our chart reproduces the bidding
history from the eBay website
and shows consistent bidding by "Bidder 180" (in red
above) and the late arrival of the successful "Bidder 11"
(in blue above) who finally
outbid Bidder 180. Chart
What are the prospects for a new supply of RV8 lamps?
In our V8
Newsletter for August 2019 in Safety Fast! we reported "a
supply of new RV8 rear lamp units is being obtained by Clive
Wheatley". See alongside for an update on that resourcing
of the lamp