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An exclusive MG XPower SV-R Supercar with traceable history and just 9,464 miles.
An indulgent ‘halo’ model intended to resurge the MG brand under MG Sport & Racing Limited. Peter Stevens, world renowned designer and aerodynamicist responsible for the McLaren F1 hypercar, led the team. With experts and suppliers stretching the globe from chassis structure in Italy, carbon fibre materials in the Isle of Wright, engine builders in Detroit and final finishing and trimming at Longbridge, the thousand-mile production line was a logistical and technical challenge. A total of just 82 cars were made, of which only 42 being the more powerful SV-R. Customers including Rowan Atkinson were keen to experience this MG Supercar before the company entered administration on the 12th April 2005. Chassis #128 is the only car finished in Grigio Titanium and cost £91,525 new.
Gunmetal finish side air vents, front aerodynamic splitter, lateral rear air diffuser, large rear wing spoiler, green tinted glass, projector headlights, heated and folding door mirrors, electric seat height/recline adjustment, leather steering wheeI with height adjustment, integral roll cage, four-belt three-point harnesses with inertia reels and lock button, lights-on and door-open buzzer, push-button start, analogue clock, cup holders, remote boot and fuel release. Factory options; Metallic paint finish, all-leather Recaro seats, heated and ventilated seats, climate control air-conditioning, Becker DTM TrafficPro Sat Nav, CD autochanger, Infinity six speaker upgrade, footwell mats X2, warning triangle.
Astonishing, imposing and incredibly rare, the MG XPower SV supercar is a sheer sensory hyperdrive. Club records inform this is the only example finished in cost optional Grigio Titanium, (Code T1) and being the more powerful SV-R model, it has the enhanced aerodynamic package including the imposing rear wing and gunmetal side air vents. Unprecedented at the time, this carbon-bodied car is completely smooth with a weave-free gloss paint finish. The high-tensile steel chassis frame was crafted by Vaccari and Bosi in Modena Italy, the carbon fibre mat was made by Britain’s SP Group and constructed by Italy’s Belco Avia from 3,000 different pieces. The result, a complete shell weighing only 65kg and the entire vehicle having an unladen weight of just 1,500kg. In stark contrast and ridiculed as a result, are the Fiat Punto projector headlamps and Fiat Coupe circular rear lights embellished with chrome rings!
Race style Recaro grabbing sports seats are finished in optional and expensive Oyster leather, (Code OY), sourced from the Scottish Bridge of Weir tannery both with seat heating and cooling. Slight wear to the driver bolster does not detract from the overall excellent condition. Soft leather, alcantara and wool coloured-keyed carpets specially dyed in Italy are immaculate. Two sets of foot well mats are present. Carbon fibre is clearly visible in the cars structure and stainless steel trims and alloy centre console complete the clean look and contrast beautifully against the green dial instruments. A fully specified example to help justify the eye watering price tag when new!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Being the SV-R model this example it fitted with the larger more powerful 4996cc Ford V8 quad-cam light alloy engine developed by tuning specialists Roush Industries. A burbling deep-chested exhaust rumble is intoxicating and immense fun. Annual maintenance checks and MOT history means this car goes as good as it looks! The 5-speed Tremec gearbox helps propel the car from 0-60mph in 4.9 secs and a top speed of 175mph.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Unique alloy MG-OZ 5-spoke 18″ wheels are wrapped in the original and specially developed Michelin Sport tyres measuring 245/40 ZR18 front and 265/40 ZR18 at the rear with ample tread. One front wheel has a minor rub to the centre surface barely noticeable. Uprated Brembo discs and floating 4 pot brake calipers combined with Bosch ABS and electronic traction control for continual eye-popping stopping power!
The intriguing MG XPower SV Supercar has already cemented its place in motoring history and with so few made this top specification SV-R with only 9,464 miles and fully traceable history deserves a place in any car collection. Registered on the 7 September 2004, the first registered owner was disgraced Phoenix Venture Holdings. Purchasing the Rover Group for a notional sum of £10 in May 2000 which then followed in the five executives involved taking £42m in pay, pensions and fast cars, before it collapsed in April 2005. Then purchased by serial car collector, Colin Faulkner via the Wyles Hardy & Co MG Sport & Racing liquidation sale when the car had covered just 2,879 miles. His other icons include the AC Cobra, Morgan V8 and Porsche 911 Turbo. In July 2008 the car was then sold to Brian Stymest who was adamant his chosen MG XPower must be the more powerful SV-R and a complete original factory built car. With assistance from the MG SV Owners Club this prime example was purchased and remained in his care for 12 years before being sold to his son-in-law in November 2020. With specialist invoices from Chiltern Aston, Luffield Service Centre and Redline American Muscle Garage along with annual MOT and service checks this example has full traceable history.
All handbooks, brochures, manuals and even Wyles Hardy auction cataloges remain in the neatly organised history file. An original spare parts catalogue and MG XPower SV book by David Knowles is included.
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