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MGB V8 chassis no. 95
Is this a real factory car.
I've had this car (indirectly) offered to me as a substantially stripped shell with all original parts and a bucket load of new panels (wings, doors, bonnet, sills etc) for the princely sum of £5000.
Two queries :-
1) Always believed the first car was no. 101 so can this car exist. I'm always concerned when the word "prototype" comes up!
2) Is it a realistic/bargain price for a full restoration car that is potentially historically significant vehicle.
Derek Price
10/09/2012 @  11:23
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MGB V8 chassis no. 95
There were five pre-production development cars produced before production began with the commissioning of GD2D2DUD 101G on 4th December 1972, a Pre-production LHD North American Specification car which was mounted on the line on 8th and recorded as despatched on 13th to BLMC Austin/Morris MG Cars at Abingdon. Our former V8 Historian, the late Geoff Allen who worked at the MG Plant for 27 years, records in V8NOTE300 that those five pre-production development cars were “numbered in reverse order from 99 to 95” so “95” given the Car Prefix and Chassis Number ADO75 95 G would have been the last car in that group.

That car was advertised for sale on the V8 Website by Rob Cook on 10th October 2007 as a restoration project and was sold within three weeks. The advert mentioned the car was “was known to the late Geoff Allen, the former V8 Historian and Archivist, and the documents with car included a letter from him in 2005 commenting on the provenance of this car.”

I will prepare an expanded note on this topic later today and upload it but meanwhile do contact me if you have any more detailed queries on the car.
Victor Smith
10/09/2012 @  13:54
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