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Top 10: British V8s

The British motor industry has for decades dabbled with the glories of the iconic V8, and enthusiasts everywhere have revelled in what is arguably the greatest engine configuration of all time.

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MGB GT V8

The first V8-engined MGBs were converted by MG specialist Ken Costello, but British Leyland understandably wanted a slice of the action. The official MGB GT V8 arrived in 1973, using the standard GT’s bodyshell but with the V8 power (137bhp) it had always deserved thanks to the fitment of Rover’s ubiquitous 3.5-litre powerplant.

Just 2,591 GT V8s were built during its three-year career, not helped by the global energy crisis and the soaring cost of petrol at the time of its launch. A V8-engined MG would reappear in 1992, however, with the launch of the short-lived RV8.

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