Limited run of 750 Jubilee MGBGTs
As part of the Jubilee changes the
Factory produced 750 Jubilee MGBGTs which were specially finished with British
Racing Green paintwork and gold coloured side panels, V8-style wheels in black
and gold, satin black door mirrors and steering wheel spokes, black carpets and
a dashboard badge.
A single Factory Jubilee MGBGTV8 was produced
(BRG/Gold 2605) in June 1975 for David Haddon, the managing director of the British
School of Motoring. The current whereabouts of this rare car are not known.
year MGBGT & V8 changes
For the Jubilee 1975 calendar year, the changes
included Pale Gold coloured MG badges instead of the usual chrome items, the metallic
blue lettering of the tailgate "MGBGT" badge changed to Black although
the background was still silver, and the background to the moulded MG badge on
the horn push of the steering wheel was changed from red to yellow.
Jubilee year changes were also made to many MGBGTV8s built during 1975 and
additionally the chrome "V8" badges on the nearside wing and tailgate
were changed to an anodised pale gold colour and the background colour of the
nose badge was changed from red to black. As with many change points made during
V8 production, there was some "flexibility" over exactly when these
changes started and ended in terms of cars in production.
See an illustrated
note with photos provided by Timothy Southall of his "Jubilee year"
MGBGTV8 (Tahiti Blue 2371), details of the change points from David Knowles' book,
"MG V8" and parts notes from Peter Beadle (formerly parts manager at
University Motors, Epsom). More
"Jubilee style" MGBGTV8s
MG distributor, University Motors, produced some similar "Jubilee style"
MGBGTV8s during 1975 and into 1976. Most were converted to Jubilee style before
delivery to their customers. One is owned by a longstanding V8 enthusiast, Rob
Grieves. His V8 (Black 2788) was built in February 1976 and supplied by University
Motors at Hanwell in West London and first registered in April 1976. Rob says
"it is believed that the Jubilee side flashes were put on by University Motors
when the car was prepared for sale to the first owner. But the car retained its
Black bodywork applied during "Paint finishing" during production at
the MG Plant, its Autumn Leaf coloured cord seats and the original carpets.
the UM "Jubilee style conversion" only included some of the features
of the limited run of Factory produced Jubilee cars.
See an illustrated
article from Rob Grieves on his "UM Jubilee style" MGBGTV8 (Black 2788).