you seen this car?
The former owner of this car would like to contact the present owner
of this chrome bumper MGBGTV8, Glacier White 0409. The MOT records
show it has covered very few miles over the last 10 or 12 years. The
DVLA records show it is taxed at the NIL VED rate until 1st July 2023.
If you do know where the car is today do let us know. Email
White 0409 was one of the earliest MGBGTV8s to be produced
and was sold and first registered on 14th August 1973, very
close to the launch of the model. The car went through paint
finishing at the MG Plant on 9th July 1973 and was despatched
to a main agent, Weybridge Autos Ltd in Surrey, on 26th July
1973 ahead of the launch of the model in August.
The original and former owner of this MGBGTV8, Paula Hamilton,
would like to contact the present owner as she would love to
see it again. The MOT records show it has covered very few miles
over the last 10 or 12 years. The DVLA records show it is taxed
until 1st July 2023. If you do know where the car is today do
let us know so we can pass the information to Paula.
Hamilton is a retired Motorsport Photo/Journalist and PR Officer
having worked all around the UK and abroad, especially at the
Goodwood Revival and Festival of Speed meetings.
an MGBGTV8 from the launch of the model in August 1973 and loved
the car. Throughout her ownership she used the V8 in the dry,
hence its great condition after 50 years. Is it that long
ago? says Paula. She adds
I would love to be reacquainted with HFF - my old personal registration
number on the V8".
There has been no registration of the car with the V8 Database
since the 1990s so can someone please tell Paula where to find
it in time for its 50th birthday.
and her connections with MGs and the MGBGTV8
Paula worked for only a short while at the MG main distributor
University Motors in Hanwell west London in around 1968 selling
different MGs especially the MGC and MGCGT including their
University Special MGCs.
She bought a new Mineral Blue MGBGT in 1966 and then a new
Tartan Red MGBGT in 1969 which she nearly had converted by
Ken Costello after he took her for a spin in his V8 conversion.
She decided against it, which was in many ways fortunate because
in early 1973 she heard a rumour that MG was going to bring
their own MGBGTV8 to market. As a director of the family business
that did a lot of work for BL, she contacted their Sales Office
and heard it was indeed true the Factory BGTV8 was being introduced
that August. She said Could I order one and they
said No problem, what colour? So she said Glacier
White and can it be delivered via Weybridge Automobiles, my
local dealership. So on 14th/15th August 1973, the day
of the announcement of the launch she collected the car and
immediately drove it into London where she was often stopped
by people asking Is that the new V8 to which she
proudly said Yes.
her MGBGTV8 (Glacier White 0409) until 1982 when she sold
it to her friend, the late and much missed Barry Sidery-Smith
who added a Webasto sunroof. He then sold it to MG racer Colin
Pearcy who kept it beautifully. Colin had MG specialists Beer
of Houghton lower the suspension which transformed the handling
by getting rid of the dreaded roll oversteer on cornering
on the limit which resulted in quite a few V8s being written
off by unsuspecting owners. BL actually got that wrong because
they were worried about axle tramp with the extra power of
the Rover V8 engine, but in Paulas modified V8 she said
it was never a problem.
In the spring of 1983 Paula briefly purchased from Barry a
Glacier White Costello MGB Roadster that produced almost 200bhp
at the wheels. "That car flew and was a Porsche eater"
Paula remembers. Then in 1985, via Barry, she bought HFF 416
from Colin and kept it to 1991 when she sold it back once
again to Barry. During that 6 year period she took the car
to Silverstone and paraded it with other MGs, especially with
the late MG racer Bill Nicholsons MGB. She recalls with
a chuckle "we were all told off afterwards by the Clerk
of the Course for driving at almost racing speeds.