for the RV8
Mike Simmonds (Woodcote
Green 1504) contacted the V8 Register for help with finding a supplier who has
good quality RV8 hardtops. This note sets out the current position.
Original RV8 hardtop
The original "works" RV8
hardtop was manufactured and supplied by K&H Assemblies, formerly known
as Krafthaus, near Tamworth but we understand they are no longer doing so. It
seems the moulds have, or may have passed, to another company in the Coventry
area called QCR which is understood to have manufactured and supplied some RV8
hardtops over the last few years.
A number of RV8 members have made attempts to contact the supplier for information
with mixed results - some report a reasonably helpful response whilst others have
found difficulty in getting information, and one or two could get none. One report
from a member who had purchased an RV8 hardtop indicated he was not happy with
the experience. Another member reports the side window on his RV8 misalingned
along the top edge with his Krafthaus hardtop
Over the last year or so, a small but growing number of enthusiasts has contacted
the V8 Register seeking information on where they can obtain an RV8 hardtop -
it seems the substantial flow of RV8s from Japan to the UK and Australia is contributing
to this interest. So we have made further enquiries to assess the situation and
have found that the availability of RV8 hardtops is not clear at present. Any
additional reports from other members who have had contacts or attempted contacts
with any RV8 hardtop supplier will be very welcome.
Alternative RV8 hardtop supplier
We are also checking whether
an alternative hardtop supplier might be found, particularly one of the
V8 specialists in our V8 LIFELINE who might feel able to arrange for the
manufacture and supply of good quality RV8 hardtops. Further reports will follow
when or if progress is made.What
does an RV8 hardtop look like?
In the meantime, a number
of members have asked to see what an RV8 hardtop looks like. Well we have
obtained a copy of the original Krafthaus brochure which is reproduced below.
Tony Merrygold has sent in some photos of a hardtop fitted to an RV8 that
he looked at during his search for an RV8. From Jim Dolbel's website at www.mgrv8.com
we have a couple of photos of an RV8 hardtop off the car and in its storage
Original Krafthaus brochure showing the RV8 hardtop they were able to supply
at that time.
RV8 hardtop finished in the body colour really looks part of the car with its
smooth, rounded lines.
RV8 hardtop looks very neat from the front and certainly suits the car.
RV8 hardtop viewed from the back shows the wrap-round rear window and the rounded
shape of the unit.
RV8 hardtop viewed from the inside - the headlining and interior light.
RV8 hardtop in its storage rack - clearly you will need space for this in your
Now for more of the photographs of the hardtop fitted
to an RV8 taken from other angles and of the hardtop in its storage rack.
Assessing the likely demand for RV8 hardtops
In an attempt to
assess the likely interest of our members in obtaining an RV8 hardtop,
we have recently sent out an RV8 hardtop questionnaire to all our RV8 members
for whom we have an email address. There has been a high response which is an
example of the interest RV8 enthusiasts have in supporting the V8 Register - we
had forms back from members even in cases where they have indicated no interest
in buying a hardtop as well as those who have varying degrees of desire to get
one. We hope to have the results of the RV8 hardtop survey available soon so we
can provide them to one or more of the V8 specialists to help them assess whether
it will be viable to manufacture them for our RV8 members at reasonable prices.
by the V8 Register