I saw the most incerdible thing at our local show today. One of our
members just completed construction of an RV8 in Left Hand Drive. He
did it the hard way. He started out with a Heritage bodyshell for an
RV8, then proceeeded to track down and source the correct RV8 parts, end
to end. How did he get the LHD parts you ask? Lots of hard work, like:
- getting the metal part of a RHD dash, and re-fabricating it for LHD
- Having a gent in the UK cut apart a RHD dash pad, and mock up a LHD
pad, make up mould from that, and make a new pad
- finding out that the company that made the plastic bits for the
dash had made LHD moulds "just in case", and talking them into making a
"one-off" set of parts.
The poor soul has an incredible amount of cash tied up in the beast, but
it is stone drop-dead gorgeous.
Chris K. (wiping drool off my keyboard...)
>Date: Sat, 14 May 2005 21:24:29 +0200
>From: Hans Duinhoven <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Siting RV8 LHD
>I went yesterday to the Dutch MGCC western region monthly meeting.
>One of the clubmembers appeared with a very nice looking RV8 with the
>tseering wheel on the left side! The original Rv8's never were made this
>way, so we all got curious.
>So the owner explained it is in fact a replica, as the body donor is a 1975
>The car was not easy to build up, as the Dutch MG Rover import company
>refused to supply the typical Rv8 parts (body work etc.) The sound of the V8
>So the car was brought to the UK to get the conversion done.
>After finishing it took several months to get it registered for the road
>I did not dare to ask the conversion cost - but hearing the conversion
>story, it must have been a lot!
>ordinary but still oribginal '71 BGT NRG WW