|Geoff Coley sent this message to the V8 Webmaster on 26th May 2012 at 2238.
I have an original 1st issue keyring which was supplied new with my car, Vin 310 to the 1st owner Robert Lindsay the Actor,on 24th July 1993, by The Chequered Flag MG dealership of Chiswick, London. I have as provenance of this, the self same keyring given to me with the car when I purchased it and the original vehicle supply Invoice, dated 22nd July 1993, in which the keyring is itemised, listed and charged to Robert Lindsay at £17.02 plus VAT as part of the sale detail. This supply date and Vin No. preceeds any Japanese RV8 production/supply or sales and therefore proves that UK MG Dealerships had these keyrings first, to sell or gift to owners.
To the keyring itself, Victor has described it in detail, but this requires correction in 2 respects. The inlaid field leather beneath the enamel MG badge and covering the rear of the keyring is on close inspection of my example, dark green in colour,which fits in with all the other "MG Classic Collection" items offered to RV8 prospective owners in publication No.4429, in which this keyring is very well illustrated and described on page 3. The shackle used,is of the "Bow" type,not a "D" type and confirmed as the correct technical description by a UK manufacturer of a huge range of shackles, Graphskill.co.uk. The shackles were cast and made in an alloy material then "Antiqued" (MG Classic Collection description)with a gold painted finish, which unfortunately rubs off with use, hence the premium prices achieved by mint examples advertised.
I hope this helps to set the records straight.