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MG MGB GT V8 Factory Originals Technical - RV8 body style kits

Evening all,
A couple of years ago I came across a kit that was produced by John Hill that enabled the MGB to be more or less modified so it would look like an RV8, be it roadster or GT.
I have been trying to find out if these are still available with no luck. At that time they were distributed by the MG Centre, but no more.
Any information would be appreciated.
Regards, Tom Hoagland

I'm not sure what was used exactly on a conversion that was seen (and VERY popular) at the Univeristy Motors Summer Party Reunion in Grand Rapids, MI this August..but it looked GREAT. The car was from Ohio. Perhaps someone else on this BBS knows the owner...or if you contact University Motors, they may be able to assist you.

rick ingram

Rick, if that car was green, I have some knowledge of the car, as I talked at length with the owner at the Columbus, Ohio meet in May. As I recall, starting in 2000 the owner/builder made a couple of trips to the UK to purchase any remaining RV8 parts he could to begin assembling the car here in the US. He was successful in getting the wings, bonnet etc., but the basic body shell was no longer available since it had been out of production for some time. The major difference is in the sill area where the RV8 had the "coke bottle" effect. The builder ended up at heritage and had them weld the RV8 sill ancillaries to a 1980 heritage shell. He brought all the individual parts back to the US and assembled the entire car here. I think he was even able to get the car titled here as a 2005 RV8! And I must agree, that is one beautiful MG RV8!
Mike M
Mike Maloney

Yeah that's Scott's car. That's no kit! It's the real deal, just assembled after the fact. =)

Here is a link to pictures of an RV8 replica using the fiberglass panels:


Thank you for your kind words.

My car was built up from OEM and custom fabricated parts. I would estimate that 90% of the components are OEM. I did not use the fiberglass panels.

The person in the UK, from whom I purchased the panels, had a set of the Hill fiberglass panels. He had difficulties fitting them and subsequently, purchased the full set of OEM panels. I do not know if the fiberglass panels are available and/or still under production.


Scott Miller

Scott did I see your car at Andy's new auto repair place when I stopped in to see him on my way to Pittsburg on mothers day weekend in I think 1994. It was painted green and Andy said it will be the only RV8 in the USA. Denny


Yes, that was my car. I had it out there for a period of time when I did not have ample garage space to accomodate it. Now, our daily drivers park on the street, and the RV8 is nice and cozy in the garage.

Scott Miller

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