the flow of reimported RV8s seen during the last four years continues, we anticipate
the stock of reimported RV8s in the UK will soon be twice the stock of UK specification
cars. But who are the firms reimporting this flow of RV8s? Well the V8 Register
has been compiling a list of the specialist RV8 Reimporters & Traders
from reports from RV8 enthusiasts sent to the V8 Register. Further entries are
welcome or further comments about specialists already listed!
Autocare, Highbridge, Somerset
& Gammons, Baldock, Hertfordshire
Classic and Sportscar
Cleevewood Garage, Downend,
Clive Wheatley mgv8parts, Worfield, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Cox & Perry, Norwich, Norfolk
HS Imports, Street,
Somerset (no longer reimporting RV8s)
MG Car Centre,
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
MG Imports, Loganholme,
RV8 Cars Australia, Granville
West End Classics, Somersham,
For members considering getting an RV8, you need to know
the specialist MG magazine MG World has had two excellent articles on the RV8.
A very useful article on RV8s from Japan was in the October/November 2002
issue and earlier an eight page comprehensive review of the MG RV8, which
included a buying guide was in the February/March 2001 issue.
Wheatley - MGBV8 spares
RV8s - call to check out his current stock. He also provides and full spares and
servicing facilities for the RV8 model. Provides full servicing, mechanical rebuilds
and V8 conversions. Supplies V8 parts for maintaining MGBGTV8s including gearbox
laygears for the MGBGTV8 and rocker covers and parts needed for MGBV8 conversions.
Clive also services MGBV8s and MG RV8s and is a convenient specialist for members
in the West Midlands. Clive has recently moved his operation from Wolverhampton
to freshly refurbished workshops in the Shropshire countryside. The new premises
are in specially converted outbuildings adjacent to a country house just 7 miles
slightly west of Wolverhampton, near the village of Worfield off the A454.
Clive Wheatley is a longstanding member of the V8 Register who has specialised
in sourcing MGBV8 parts which are in short supply. Ian Cranston (Flame Red 0342)
reported he was impressed with Clive's service and knowledge and has booked his
RV8 in for a second visit. He says "although Wolverhampton is not exactly
handy from Worcestershire, I was very impressed with Clive's service and knowledge
and hence consider the time and distance well worth the effort".
Imports - no longer reimporting RV8s
HS Imports is one of the leading RV8 reimporters in the UK and one members consistently
report "are good people to deal with".
45 Somerton Road
Somerset BA16 0DW
Tel: 01458 441543
Fax: 01458 441543
Mob: 07773 726969
Imports has been repatriating RV8s from Japan for over eight years now. Chris
Watkins runs the firm and previously lived in Japan for many years where he
acted as buyer for several private and trade clients in the UK. For the past three
years he has been back in the UK importing and selling RV8s and other reimports
direct to enthusiasts. He makes it his aim to supply only top grade cars at very
fair prices. His sale price is based on the Japanese auction price of each car.
Recently Chris has downscaled his operation to deal exclusively in RV8s and he
now operates his business from his home in Somerset but offers no less a service
- in fact the attention paid to each RV8 and client surpasses the norm. HS Imports'
cars are not "dressed up" and buyers always get to see the cars exactly
as they arrive from Japan before preparation is started. That preparation always
includes any minor cosmetics the buyer might wish to have done - most notably
a replacement set of elm bur trims inside the car if the original veneer has started
to ripple. This does not affect the price. Most of their sales are made before
the cars reach the UK by providing customers with a full description and a digital
photograph of each vehicle together with a money-back guarantee where a deposit
has been paid. HS Imports bears all the costs of putting the car on the road in
the UK without increasing the pre-agreed sale price once the deposit is paid.
Therefore if on arrival in the UK the car requires new tyres or mechanical attention,
HS Imports provides it all. Recommendation:
Many members have spoken well of Chris Watkins including Mark Seagrove (Woodcote
Green 1070) from Avon and Keith Rowson (Oxford Blue 1764) from Hertfordshire who
report a good service and note Chris is a pleasant person to deal with.
18 High Street
Hertfordshire SG7 6AS
Tel: 01462 490049
Fax: 01462 896167
Colin Leigh (Oxford Blue 1552) and the late Ian Lloyd (Woodcote Green 0619)
are just two of the members of the V8 Register who have acquired their RV8s from
B&G. This long established MG specialist has reimported a steady stream of
RV8s from Japan and is experienced at preparing them for the UK roads. They have
excellent workshops for maintaining RV8s and several years ago took over the RV8
spares operation from MG Rover. The contact there is Malcolm Gammons.
1 Old Creamery
Tel: 01278 789024
Fax: 01278 793533
have reimported a number of RV8s from Japan and are experienced at carrying out
the necessary conversions and preparation for UK roads. Bryan Ditchman (Caribbean
Blue 0265) has had contacts with them concerning their radio converter (see RV8
Workshop Note 76 in Volume 3 of the series) which saves the cost of replacing
the radio. The contact there is Tony Walters.
Avon BR16 2SF
Tel: 0117 956 7144
Tim Hipwell (Oxford Blue 1133) from Devon reports Cleevewood is run by Ray
Hardacre and Norman Hughes who specialises in classic cars and good
quality reimported RV8s and MGFs. Tim found them "very helpful and willing
to put things right with any "reimport" before handing it over to the
customer". Another member, Tony Grimes (Woodcote Green 1070) from Avon felt
their service was very good and he has been pleased with his RV8. Tony reports
Cleevewood had four RV8s in stock including one in Nightfire Red and another in
& Perry - classic & sports car specialists
Norfolk NR12 7LB
Further details awaited.
Keith Evans runs this RV8 specialist
which trades in hand picked, first class low mileage RV8s. All RV8s are thoroughly
checked over and any work carried out before delivery.
West End Classics is not an RV8 reimporter but a trader of good quality
UK and reimported specification machines.
Brown runs the MG Car Centre in Tasmania and import RV8s to Australia. All cars
are "ADR complied" and can be delivered anywhere in Australia. The "ADR
compliance" means the RV8s have a compliance licence confirming modifications
have been carried out so the vehicle conforms with the Australia Design Rules.
These measures are to regulate the market and protect the Australia car market
from "grey" imports. The MG Car Centre provides a full servicing and
spare parts service for RV8s and MGBV8s. They have supplied a number of RV8s to
customers downunder and can provide customer testimonials if requested.
The MG Car Centre
Tel: +61 (03) 6334 4366
Cars Australia Pty Limited
Bruce Webster (Woodcote Green 0722)
in Sydney reports that the owners of RV8 Cars are both ex presidents and ex MGB
registrars of the MG Car Club Sydney and really know all about modern MGs.
RV8 Cars Australia
26 Cowper Street
Fax: 612 9637 0199
Bruce Webster (Woodcote Green 0722) in Sydney comments
that whilst he does not know agreat deal about this company, he understands that
many of the RV8s imported to Australia are "ADR complied by the company.
PO Box 3787
Tel: +61 (0)
Fax: +61 (7) 3208 4823
and Sportscar Consultants
Long established international classic
car dealers offer some exceptional RV8s sourced in Japan.
Sportscar Consultants Limited
Private address - visitors by appointment
Tel: +44 (0)1494 434414
Fax: +44 (0)1494 432407
+44 (0)7785 588557
Classic and Sportscar Consultants is run by Fred Jenns and Nicky Paul-Barron.
updated to 20.10.08