MGBGTV8 seen on the forecourt at Former Glory in 1993

Nigel Guild began trading as Former Glory in 1986 and opened his first showroom in January 1989. This was situated on the busy A40 Western Avenue in Acton, London and within 3 years the sales stock had multiplied, together with a busy workshop.

A move to a new site was necessitated in 1997 due to road widening plans . This was based two miles away on the A40 in Perivale, where the sales and workshop continued.

After 18 successful years at this site, Nigel decided to escape to the country in 2015 and opened his new premises in Postcombe, once again on the A40 Road, near Thame - east of Abingdon.


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Posted: 200531
Looking back - this framed photo shows the MGs on display outside Former Glory's first trading premises on the A40 Western Avenue in Acton west London in 1989 before they moved in 1996 to another location two miles away on the A40 in Perivale. In 2015 Nigel Guild decided to escape to the country to their present location at Postcombe near Thame, conveniently just off the M40 south of Oxford.

The MGBGTV8 in Nigel's photo above of MGs on the forecourt at the original site is Midnight Blue 1706, originaly Citron. Nigel says "it was painted by us in Indigo Blue, similar to Midnight Blue, and the photo is around 1993".

This MGBGTV8 went through paint finishing at the MG Plant on 17th May 1974 and was despatched to Sheffield Motor Company the same day. The original owner is not known as the car was first registered with the V8 Database in the 1990s by a member in Buckinghamshire by which time the body colour had changed from Citron to Indigo Blue. It's likely the photo above is just before that member acquired the car. It was later registered by a member in Surrey in August 2011 with a body colour described as Midnight Blue.