What does a restoration MGBGTV8 look like?

Interest in this car
Several V8 Register members have been in touch saying they had seen this car advertised for sale on the Car and Classic website and that it looked like an interesting restoration project. One of our members interested in a restoration project decided to visit the car and look at it. What they found was interesting - a car that had been in a very lengthy layup and was in a sorry state. See notes alongside.

Subsequently we hear the car was sold and recently we have seen it has been advertised for sale again on eBay by a dealer/trader. It looks as if they have carried out a great deal of cleaning on the car. The advert is posted in what some might feel is a forthright style. It's reproduced alongside. It will be interesting to see how the bidding goes over the next couple of days and then what happens when the successful bidder goes to collect it. Chin scratchers and time wasting idiots beware!

Update at 10.30 Saturday 19th Jan
Some 23 bids for this car have taken the bid price to £6,900 which seems to some surprising. The test will come when the bidders view the car.

Update at 4.30pm Saturday 19th Jan
Bidding has continued reaching £7,900 with 25 bids.

Update at the end of bidding on Sunday 20th January
The final bid was £8,000 after 26 bids.

More photos below




What does the car look like now?
Below are a few of the photos of the car following what appears to have been a very great deal of cleaning. The car is on eBay inviting bids. Bidding closes on Sunday 20th January 2019.










MGV8 Price Guide update

Last update to the end of October 2018. More

Posted: 190118 & update 190119 & 190120

Offers around £5,000
Advert on the Car and Classic website
December 2018

Advert seen in December 2018 said "an opportunity to own this classic ‘petrol head’ car. Single owner from 1978, the car was in full working order before it was parked in dry storage with hard standing so all parts present. Offers invited around £5,000". Seller location: Warwickshire Advert

What was learned from viewing the car?
A report from a fellow member who viewed the car notes it "was a genuine Factory car - GD2D12345G - for sale by the second owner who bought it in 1978. It shows 118,000 miles and has been stored since 1985. The shell IMHO is scrap. We looked at it all over. The inner and outer sills are paper thin and fingers go through easily. There are holes in the floor, the top and bottom of both front and rear screens are full of rust. We couldn't see the engine bay but we were assured everything is there. The interior, even though covered in mildew, looks original. There were signs of an old respray with overspray on screen rubbers, engine fans etc. The wheels are poor and the engine has not been run since 1985.

All in all although a genuine car it needs a reshell and goodness knows what else. We both agreed the value was around £2,500 to £3,500 maximum. But with a V5 and all original parts you could push it to a maximum of £4,500. The very pleasant wife of the owner, was very honest and informed us that she had had a viewer from Manchester that morning who had left a firm £5,000 offer. However a local trader/dealer had telephoned an offer of £6,500 and was coming to collect the car after our viewing. We feel the photos in the advert lead you to think it the car is better than it looks.

Since our visit I have
had an email from the vendor telling me that she finally agreed with the dealer on £6,000 and he has purchased the car. Over the 5 days the car was advertised she had 10 firm enquiries from 16 calls".






Interior, even though covered in mildew, looks original

Bidding on eBay reached a surprising £8,000
Advert subsequently seen on eBay
January 2019
Advert seen on eBay in January 2019 says "two previous owners, the last for over 40 years". The seller adds “the car has been in storage for approximately the last 33 years, so will therefore require restoring, in remarkably solid condition considering it's originality and time in storage, however it needs a lot of work! So please do not expect to give it a quick polish and have it on the road by next week!” The advert continues in this style:

1975 MGBGT V8 PROJECT CAR FACTORY GD2D1

NO RESERVE AUCTION
PROJECT CAR
1975 MGBGT V8
SERIES TWO
( GD2D1 )
CITRON YELLOW / BLACK INTERIOR
V5 PRESENT
KEYS PRESENT

FIRST REGISTERED BY THE DEALER AUTHER BROOKS OF CRADELY HEATH (DEMO CAR) THEN WENT TO ANOTHER DEALER JOHNSON AND JOHNSON (BUCKS) TO BE SUPPLIED/SOLD TO IT'S FIRST PRIVATE OWNER MR. N. HODGES (BUCKS) OWNED BY HIM FOR APPROX 2.5 YEARS UNTIL IT WAS SOLD TO THE SECOND OWNER ON 10/01/1978 UP UNTIL THE PRESENT DAY.

FACTORY HANDBOOKS INCLUDING MG "PASSPORT TO SERVICE" WHICH IS MAIN DEALER FULLY STAMPED UP TO 42,000 MILES (THIS WAS WITH THE FIRST OWNER) AND SERVICED WITH A LOCAL SPECIALIST WITH THE SECOND OWNER FROM THERE ON.

THE CAR HAS BEEN KEPT IN STORAGE FOR THE PAST 33 YEARS WITH THE LAST KEEPER SO NOW REQUIRES WORK WHICH I HAVE (MAINLY) LISTED BELOW. STRUCTURALLY VERY SOLID, VERY NICE INTERIOR INC ALL CARPETS AND IN VERY GENUINE AND ORIGINAL ORDER THROUGHOUT.


WORK REQUIRED - PLEASE READ! ...... BOTH REAR/LOWER WING REPAIR PANELS. BOTH LOWER DOOR SKIN REPAIR PANELS. BOTH REAR OF SILL TO WING REPAIR PANELS. REPAIR TO O/S BUTTRESS WHERE IT MEETS THE WING. THE TOP OF THE TAILGATE HAS RUSTED BUT WILL REPAIR, I HAVE A RUST FREE ONE THAT I'LL THROW IN. THE PAINTWORK NEEDS STRIPPING BACK AS IT'S MICRO BLISTERED THROUGHOUT.

THE FLOORS, BOOT FLOOR, CASTLE SECTIONS, CHASSIS RAILS, FRONT WINGS, A-B POSTS, FRONT-REAR PANELS, ROOF ARE ALL IN VERY GOOD SHAPE (SEE PICTURES) AND WILL ALL GO AGAIN, THIS IS A VERY SOLID CAR WITH ONLY SOME OF THE USUAL OUTER BODY RUST, A GOOD PANEL MAN WOULD HAVE THE METALWORK SORTED WITHIN A WEEK OR TWO IMO.

I HAVE NOT ATTEMPTED TO START THE ENGINE, IT WILL NEED A NEW BATTERY TO START WITH AND AT LEAST AN ENGINE SERVICE BEFORE STARTING IS ATTEMPTED AFTER STANDING FOR SO LONG.

THE BRAKES ARE FREE AND THE CAR IS ROLLING AND STEERING OK.

ORIGINAL SPARE WHEEL COMPLETE WITH TOOL KIT

A STRAIGHT FORWARD EASY ENOUGH PROJECT OF A GENUINE FACTORY V8 MODEL BENIFITTING FROM ONLY HAVING HAD 2 OWNERS WITH MAIN DEALER HISTORY, RARE COLOUR, ORIGINAL UNSPOILT CONDITION AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST NO SUNROOF HAS EVER BEEN FITTED, WHICH MOST HAVE!

PLEASE BE AWARE IT NEEDS MORE THAN A QUICK FETTLE AND POLISH UP! ..... IT NEEDS RESTORING!

OK THEN, A RARE PROJECT! .... ONE OF THE 800 RUBBER BUMPER PRODUCED, COMPARED TO THE 2000 CHROME MODELS, SO THE RUBBERS ARE RARE! .. IT IS WIDELY KNOWN THAT PRICES ARE CONTINUING TO SORE LIKE NO OTHER CLASSIC AND ARE VERY MUCH UNDERVALUED AT PRESENT! ..... WILL MAKE A SUPERB USABLE BLUE CHIP INVESTMENT ONCE RESTORED.

SERIOUS OFFERS WILL BE CONSIDERED. VIEWING IS BOTH WELCOME AND RECOMMENDED

PLEASE! .... NO MORE CHIN SCRATCHERS! I HAVE ALREADY WASTED TIME AND MONEY CANCELLING ONE AUCTION DUE TO AN IDIOT!

NO RESERVE, HIGHEST BIDDER TAKES IT!

A NONE REFUNDABLE £500.00 DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED ON AUCTION END BY THE WINNING BIDDER TOGETHER WITH IMMEDIATE PHONE CONTACT.

Contact number provided. Advertiser location: Sutton Coldfield. Bidding ends on 20th January 2019. Link