5 MORE OF THE BEST
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...’