Rebuilt and upgraded Factory MGBGTV8

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Grille badge
Keen observers will note Teal Blue 1623 is carrying a Swiss MGV8 I/G grille badge. As Chris Yates has been giving the car a thorough clean following the long drive from Fife, he decided to fit his Swiss grille badge as he is a regular visitor to the Swiss V8 group's events there and welcomed as an honorary member!

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Factory MGBGTV8 in Teal Blue listed for auction
This V8 was spotted by one of our Pricewatch duo, Keith Belcher, and by Mike Howlett as it was listed for auction at Morris Leslie near Perth in Scotland. But at that stage the listing information was very limited. It was registered on the V8 Database by a longstanding member Peter Gregor in Fife in Scotland. The listing mentioned it had been his everyday transport for over 20 years and regularly serviced and cherished.

The Factory production records for 1623 show it was built in April 1974 originally with Bracken bodywork and matching trim, so clearly at some stage it has had a major refurbishment with a change to the popular Teal Blue and the addition of wire wheels. On checking the listing details they mentioned it had a professional BMH reshell in 2001, a rebuild of the original 3.5 Rover V8 engine, a Hoyle independent suspension upgrade all round, a limited slip diff, an R380 5 speed gearbox and other sensible upgrades. So it is an attractive car with the benefit of the rebuild with a new shell and a number of useful upgrades.

Factory MGBGTV8 in Teal Blue bought by Chris Yates
As soon as it was listed on our Pricewatch webpage Chris Yates was attracted by the sensible upgrades and the rebuild with a new shell some 15 years ago. As the car was offered for sale by a longstanding V8 Register member, Chris was keen to contact Peter Gregor and arrange to travel to Scotland to see the car. It wasn't a wasted journey as the car was an attractive and well maintained example, much cherished by a fellow V8 enthusiast. A deal was struck and Chris drove the V8 home to Berkshire commenting it was a most enjoyable journey with only one issue - a boom in the exhaust at around 2,000rpm. Chris intends getting the stainless steel system examined and hopefully the boom cured.

Wire wheels are a feature rarely seen on an MGBGTV8 so in the short term Chris will get them refurbished and then consider replacing them with a set of Miniltes but that will also need the replacement with bolt on stub axles and back axle parts. Chris also feels the Hoyle set up needs some adjustment which he is planning soon.