many MGBGTV8s were built at Abingdon? |
Most authors of publications
covering the MGBGTV8 quote 2,591 as the total production figure for the model
- but is it correct? Well as information has gradually come to light, the longstanding
V8 Register Historian & Archivist, Geoff Allen, believes there were more than
2,591 V8s! Geoff was at the Abingdon MG Plant for over 27 years, much of it in
Rectifications Department, and is particularly well placed because during the
weeks before the final close, he made a handwritten copy of the production control
and despatch books. Here Geoff explains the true total production story! (Feb
research has revealed that some 2,600 MGBGTV8s were built at the Abingdon MG Plant
as the following table shows.
of production|| |
pre-production cars, prefixed GD2D1, GD2D2 or ADO75 numbered in reverse order
from 99 to 95.|| |
bumpered cars, prefixed GD2D1 (RHD) or GD2D2 (LHD) numbered from 101 to 1956.||
batch of rubber bumpered cars, prefixed GD2D1 numbered from 2101 to 2632.||
batch of rubber bumpered cars, prefixed GD2D1 numbered from 2701 to 2903.||
of all chrome and rubber bumpered development and production cars. ||
cars built in Development, prefixed ADO75 and numbered 413, 414, 424 and 425.||
MGBGTV8 we are aware of, GD2D2 100 G, is not listed on any of the Factory lists.
So the production
figure of 2,591 usually quoted in publications can be reconciled by deducting
the five development cars from the total 2,596 for development and production
Some of the "Extra Development" cars are
not in the Production Control or Despatch books, nor were they traditionally counted
by Production Control department at Abingdon as production cars. These "Extra"
cars were on a list compiled from the individual car history books maintained
by the Foreman of the Development department at the time. Of
the "Extra" cars, ADO75 414 has not been heard of since it was sold
on by Development department as a secondhand sale in the late 1970s and no details
of the body paint colour are known. ADO75 425 was sold to Morris Garages by Development
department as a secondhand sale and was finished in Damask Red but no other details
are known, and also nothing has been heard of it since then. ADO75 413 and ADO75
424 are known to exist and have been registered with the V8 Register. One slightly
odd fact is three cars produced as MGBGTV8s were subsequently sold off with MGB
1800 engines fitted - they were the early Development pre-production car GD2D2
0098, ADO75 414 above and another Development car GD2D1 0993.
the cars in Geoff's analysis above had the suffix "G" signifying they
were MGs - for example GD2D1 NNNN G, GD2D2 NNN G and ADO75 NNN G where "NNNN"
are the Car Numbers.
MGBGTV8 we are aware of, GD2D2 100 G, is not listed on any of these lists. Custom
and practice at Abingdon was to start production runs of MG models with the number
01 - for example V8 production started with GD2D2 101 and later the rubber bumpered
production batches started at 2101 and 2701. If GD2D2 100 G proved to be a Factory
V8, then the total production of MGBGTV8s built at Abingdon would be 2,601.
V8 Register - MG Car Club
Geoff Allen speaking at the
V8 25th Anniversary Dinner
in July 2003
Teal Blue 2101, the first rubber bumpered MGBGTV8 owned
by Jean Allen who can be seen in the photo above This
article is the first note in Volume 9 of the V8 Workshop Notes series compiled
and published by the V8 Register from useful maintenance and spares tips contributed
by its members. Copies of the whole series are available on CD in Word and PDF
V8 Workshop Notes CD
paint colours & trim
What combinations of body colours and trim
did the Factory produce?
Photos of the ADO V8s
Blaze ADO75413G Mystery
of two V8s
Two notes on queries raised in 2008. More
& More ©
Copyright 1978 and 2004: Geoff Allen and 2007 and 2008: Jean Allen
Sadly Geoff Allen died in
of two MGBGTV8s