replacement sunvisors for an MGBGTV8
MGBGTV8 owners may need to replace a sunvisor and the question arises where can
they get one in the same colour? Here Peter Beadle provides some useful clarifications
on what sunvisors were fitted to the MGBGTV8 and to other MGBs and MGCs.
Recently an email query sought help finding a replacement
sunvisor saying "I need your help because the suppliers of spare parts
for MGBs are multiple, but when I talk to them about the MGBGTV8 and explain to
them I just need a sunshade on the passenger side, all the parts suppliers (UK
included) say they have the part and ready to deliver it to me, but only in black
or grey! But the headlining and existing sun visors of my car are a "cream"
colour and I find that none of the suppliers have them in that colour - they
reply saying "that does not exist"".
With some difficulty
we clarified the car was a rubber bumper model but could not obtain any
details to identify the car which might have enabled us to check whether the car
had been previously registered with the V8 Database and then, using any previous
Grey Sunvisor with metal pivot mounting available from Moss Europe listed
as BHH1406 at £44.60 and from Moss Motors in the USA at US$84.99.
seek information from them of any restoration or upgrades during which the headlining
and sunvisors might have been changed to a "cream" colour. Despite this
difficulty some useful information was found.
Sunvisors fitted to Factory
MGBGTV8s at the MG Plant
Peter Beadle (formerly parts manager at
University Motors in Epsom, then with the Sprite & Midget Centre in Richmond
and later with Moss Europe) responded saying "all rubber bumper MGBGTV8s
and chrome bumper cars after GD2D11954G and all rubber bumper cars were
fitted with BHH1406 grey sunvisors. Chrome bumper V8s before GD2D11955G
were fitted with BHH906 grey sunvisors. I think the pivot mounting changed
from Chrome plated steel to Grey plastic, but I believe this was due to a crash
and safety regulations change".
Peter Beadle commented on cream coloured
sunvisors saying "I have no knowledge of beige or cream sun visors ever being
fitted to MGBGTV8s but AHH8111 and AHH8306
Possibly the "Cream" sunvisors on the rubber bumpered
MGBGTV8 may have been GAC8484X in a "Cream Crackle" colour. It's
a replacement part for a Mini from 1966 to 1970.
were last fitted to MGBGTs & MGCGTs in 1968 and then only on cars with a bodywork
paint finish in Sandy Beige-BG.15 and Metallic Golden Beige-BG.19". As relatively
few cars were produced in those colours it's very unlikely any will be found with
MGB spares providers other than those involved in used spares derived from MGBs
broken for spares.
Interesting footnote from Peter Beadle
from other makes/models may have been fitted to some MGBGTs and V8s as many cars
are now sporting bespoke interiors including new fabric roof linings in various
colours. Possibly the "Cream" sunvisors on the rubber bumpered MGBGTV8
mentioned in the recent query may have been supplied by Moss Europe as GAC8484X
which is in a "Cream Crackle" colour. It's a replacement
part for a Mini from 1966 to 1970.
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