MGBGTV8 seen in Switzerland|
Victor Rodrigues reports "fellow
MGV8 enthusiasts enjoyed a great sunny day as the SWISS-MGV8/IG started its season
of events in 2018 with the traditional welcome at his garage near Zurich, followed
by a countryside drive, ending with lunch in a typical Swiis restaurant. One of
the highlights was the reappearance, for the first time, of a very interesting
and very well maintained Factory MGBGTV8".
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alternator cover seen on this late rubber bumper MGBGTV8 in Switzerland. Victor
Rodrigues thinks "it is a good idea providing efficient safety when doing
some inspection or repairs whenever the engine runs. Do you know if this item
was a standard/factory BL equipment or a simple after market item? Do you know
if it is still available to purchase?" Email
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of the last Factory MGBGTV8s (Black 2896) was seen at a recent SWISS MGV8/IG
meeting near Zurich. Victor Rodrigues reports it's owned by René Beerli
in Switzerland. The car was known to be in Switzerland from a report back in the
1990s but was originally owned by Geoff Seaton in Surrey. Geoff was a flight engineer
with BA and also a Lagonda enthusiast. He later had a chrome bumper MGBGTV8 finished
in Damask. The V8 looks original and has had an internal red leather trim upgrade
and a front spoiler under the black rubber bumper with spot lights. The offside
wing has had V8/BL badging added.|
Production Record report alongside, generated from a copy of the records
made by the late Geoff Allen in the weeks before the MG Plant closed, shows Black
2896 went through Paint Finishing on 24th May 1976 (the usual "Built"
date) and was despatched on 26th May to Kennings in Ealing, West London. Victor
Rodrigues reports it has engine 48602309A whereas the Factory record shows
48602507A was used for Black 2896. On checking the Factory records engine
48602309A is not shown fitted to another MGBGTV8 so as Geoff Seaton's registration
confirms 48602507 was in the car the most likely possibility is the car must have
had an engine change subsequently.|
copy of the V5 registration document shows the car was first registered on 16th
July 1976 with a change of keeper on 7th December 1980 with Geoff Seaton as the
second keeper. It notes the engine number is 48602309A so it seems the
change was made in the first four years. |
A service receipt from Geoff
Allen dated 20th January 1987 shows the gearbox was out "to inspect the clutch
and release bearing".
There is no record of the first owner.