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ROVER P6B 1968-77, £3000-10,000

Su­per slick and bristling with new tech­nol­ogy, the Rover 2000 of 1963 was the win­ner of the in­au­gu­ral Car of the Year Award and ef­fec­tively es­tab­lished the ex­ec­u­tive car sec­tor. The 3500 ar­rived five years later.

ROVER SD1 1976-86, £2000-9000

As ground-break­ing as its pre­de­ces­sor, the SD1 also scooped the Car of the Year Award, this time in 1977. It of­fered lux­ury in abun­dance, plus ap­peal­ing fast­back styling from David Bache. Around a third had V8s.

LAND ROVER DIS­COV­ERY 1989-98, £1000-10,000

De­signed to bridge the gap be­tween the ba­sic coil-sprung 90/110/De­fend­ers and lux­ury Range Rover, the ‘Disco’ won crit­i­cal ac­claim, earn­ing a Bri­tish De­sign Award. It’s a fastap­pre­ci­at­ing clas­sic, es­pe­cially in V8 form.

MG RV8 1993-95, £8000-20,000

Thir­teen years on from the demise of the MGB, MG re­leased the RV8. It had a fu­elin­jected V8, uprated sus­pen­sion and brakes, and a five-speed ‘box. It re­vived in­ter­est in Oc­tagon-badged road­sters ahead of the MGF.

TRI­UMPH TR8 1979-81, £5000-18,000

Tri­umph’s wedge was de­signed to ac­cept the V8 from the be­gin­ning, though only about 2500 TR8s were built, most go­ing to Amer­ica in LHD. How­ever, the num­ber of con­verted TR7 V8s that have been pro­duced con­firms it’s a win­ning for­mula.


CCW would like to thank all five own­ers of the V8-en­gined cars fea­tured for al­low­ing us to use their cars, and Bices­ter Her­itage (01869 327928, bices­ter­her­itage.co.uk) for host­ing this group test pho­to­shoot.

Fol­low­ing the third con­sec­u­tive suc­cess­ful Fly­wheel Fes­ti­val at the end of June, Bices­ter Her­itage is now gear­ing up for its next open day – the Sun­day Scram­ble on 1 Oc­to­ber. The clas­sic trans­port hub will com­plete its fourth phase of restora­tion works this sum­mer in ad­vance of the open day, which will see the com­ple­tion of an­other ten unique and beau­ti­ful listed build­ings (all pre-let or un­der of­fer) at the UK’s best-pre­served World War II Bomber Sta­tion turned cen­tre of his­toric mo­tor­ing ex­cel­lence.

Tick­ets for the Sun­day Scram­ble go on sale to­day (9 Au­gust) – you’ll get to see in­side the mag­nif­i­cent work­shops and show­rooms of the in­dus­try spe­cial­ists based there.

We’d also like to thank the Rover P5 Club, MG Car Club, TVR Car Club and Mor­gan Sports Car Club for putting us in touch with mem­bers whose cars we’ve fea­tured: rover­p5­club.org.uk, mgcc.co.uk, tvr-car-club.co.uk, mor­gans­portscar­club.com

‘The five cars we’ve se­lected to cel­e­brate the en­gine’s 50th an­niver­sary are in­tended to show off the Rover V8 at its best. Pick­ing a favourite wouldn’t be fair...’

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