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. This is RV8 Workshop Note 137. (Oct
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
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
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.
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
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 rack.
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.
for more of the photographs of the hardtop fitted to an RV8 taken from
other angles and of the hardtop in its storage rack.