The Sheriffs Office, authorised High Court Enforcement Officers and stars of the hit BBC TV show 'The Sheriffs are Coming', are selling a rare and highly collectible MG Xpower SV.

Auction details

Registration number: BX53 BGY
Chassis number: SA9SVGCAB4M130112
Engine number: 88688938

The vehicle, seized in the execution of a High Court writ, is being auctioned without reserve at Manheim Auctions Northampton, Salthouse Road, Brackmills Ind. Estate, Northampton NN4 7EX who can be contacted on 0844 856 4612 - The sale was due to take place on Thursday 10th October 2013 with the car going to highest bidder however due to ongoing court action the sale has been suspended.

Model history

The MG XPower SV (Sport Veloce) is a sports car which was produced by MG Rover. Manufactured in Modena, Italy and finished at Longbridge, UK, it was based on the platform of the Qvale Mangusta, formerly the De Tomaso Biguà. After acquiring Qvale Automotive Srl of Italy, MG Rover allocated the project code X80 and set up a subsidiary company, MG X80 Ltd., to produce a new model based on the QvaleMangusta. One attraction was the potential sales in the United States, as the Mangusta had already been homologated for the American market.

The MG X80 was originally revealed as a concept car in 2001. However, the styling was considered too sedate. When the production model, now renamed MG XPower SV, was eventually launched the following year, designer Peter Stevens had made the car's styling more aggressive. The conversion from a clay model to a production car, including all requirements, was done in just 300 days by the Swedish company Caran. One goal was to get a street price of under £100,000. The car's baseline model eventually cost £65,000 with the uprated XPower SV-R model costing £83,000.

The production process was complex, partly caused by the use of carbon fibre to make the body panels. The basic body parts were made in the UK by SP Systems and then shipped to Belco Avia near Turin for assembly into body panels. These were then assembled into a complete body shell and fitted onto the box frame chassis and running gear and shipped to the MG Rover Longbridge factory to be trimmed and finished. Several of the cars' exterior and interior parts were borrowed from current and past Fiat models. The headlights, for example, were taken from a Punto Mk.2 and the rear lights borrowed from a Fiat Coupe.

According the data at the MG XPower SV Club, approximately 82 cars were produced excluding the 4 'XP' pre-production prototypes. This included a few pre-production and show cars which were later dismantled, before production was stopped due to lack of sales. Most were sold to private owners, with the final ones being sold to customers in early 2008.

The standard MG XPower SV (as this is) is powered by a 320 bhp (239 kW; 324 PS) at 6000 rpm 4.6 L Ford Modular V8 with a torque of 302 lb•ft (409 N•m) at 4750 rpm but was expensive due to the complex carbon fibre body. Both manual and automatic transmissions were available. The manual car had a top speed of 165 mph (265 km/h) and a 0-60 mph (97 km/h) time of 5.3 seconds.[2] Club Sport options, for customers who wished to use their SVs on the track, were planned but never produced. They included a 5•0 L 1,000 bhp (700 kW) version, thanks to factory-approved nitrous oxide injection kits, though the basic version had 410 hp (306 kW) with speed limited to 195 mph (314 km/h).

David Carter, CEO of The Sheriffs Office, said:

"As a car enthusiast myself it's certainly one of our more interesting seizures in recent times and promises to generate a lot of interest worldwide".

The car will sell to the highest bidder without reserve on 10th October 2013 at Manheim Auctions in Northampton.

Please note that the car is being sold under the authority of a High Court Writ of Fieri Facias by the High Court Enforcement Officer in conduct of the execution. At the time of writing the goods detailed above are destined to sell at auction on the date and time as described. Please be aware that further court action and/or other factors may prevent sale and The Sheriffs Office accepts no responsibility for any losses as a result of the vehicle being withdrawn.

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