How many MGBGTV8s were made in each colour and what
trim colours were used?
Geoff Allen, the V8 Historian and Archivist, has produced a comprehensive
chart of body paint and trim colours following an amusing discussion
with Barry Sidery-Smith after he had been at a Bonhams auction when
Aconite 1261 came under the hammer. (Dec 04)
It was reported in early December 2004 that Aconite 1261 was sold
at Bonhams the previous evening as a part of the auction of the Patrick
Collection. Barry Sidery-Smith has been a specialist trader of MGBGTV8s
since the V8s came off the line, and he mentioned that following an
inspection of the Aconite MGBGTV8, had a vigorous discussion with
another member over the colour of the trim! They could not
whether it was Yellow Ochre or Autumn Leaf. So we sent an enquiry
to Geoff Allen seeking clarification on this point. He responded with
the table set out below and added "as you will see there were
no Aconite cars with Yellow Ochre trim. Far fewer cars were
finished in Black Tulip with only two fitted with Yellow Ochre and
three with Autumn Leaf so the Black Tulip - Yellow Ochre combination
was superseded by Black Tulip - Autumn Leaf which continued into the
Aconite - Autumn Leaf production"
# Flame Red car is GD2D2 100G which is known to exist but is not shown in
the Factory production lists. This car has Navy Blue trim and is finished in Flame
Red which was a Factory colour, but no other V8s were produced in this colour.
# # Car noted as "Not Recorded" is in the Factory
list but no record has been made of either its body paint colour or
Geoff comments that the table below "covers all colours and
is as accurate as I can make it at present, but there is some confusion
over the blue cars (Teal and Tahiti). I think there were more Teal
Blue and less Tahiti Blue cars than shown on the table as several
cars listed as Tahiti Blue in my copy of the Factory production records
have shown up in reality to be Teal Blue. They appear to be cars with
Autumn Leaf trim. I suggest that you use this list as it is as near
as possible the best guide and I will see if I can clarify it by checking
up in Production Schedule numbers. The trouble is that the people
at the Factory who wrote the details in the production record were
a bit cavalier about the names of colours".
See MGBGTV8 body colours table and chart.