Uncovering the car behind the MGBGTV8 model

Former owner, Mike Benton, says "It would be interesting to find out how my old car became the subject the model car featured in the V8 Column (September 2021 issue of Safety Fast!) considering it must have lost its original registration ten years ago when it was purchased by a German enthusiast and driven back to his home to Dusseldorf!"


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This MGBGTV8 model is an early chrome bumper example, Bracken 0942, that went through paint finishing on 5th November 1973 and was despatched to Lowndes Garages in Carmarthen. Peter Ellis reported he had seen "two new 1/18 scale V8s (one in Harvest Gold the other in Bracken) are coming out in September 2021. They are on the Cult Scale Models website. There is also some more information after scrolling down past the Sunbeam on the Model Auto Review website ".


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MGBGTV8 advertised for sale in July 2010

Mike Benton has been in touch to saying "I was interested to see the registration number of an MGBGTV8 that I owned eleven years ago on the photo of the V8 model featured in the V8 Column in th recent issue of Safety Fast! I bought RCY 497M in 2010 from a general secondhand car dealer in Southbourne Bournemouth. It was advertised as a 1973 model ’the 100th one ver built' and was registered on 18th February 1974. I improved and enjoyed the car for a while and later sold it to a German MG enthusiast to fund my purchase of an RV8. The new owner drove the car back home to Dusseldorf and as far as I am aware it’s still there and has never returned to the UK (according to the online DVLA vehicle check records). It would be interesting to find out how my old car became the subject the model car features, considering it must have lost its original registration ten years ago!" See eBay advert