Ian McKean piloting factory MGB GT V8 number 104
Ian McKean piloting factory MGB GT V8 number 104, which was one of the original LHD prototypes!
This photo is from the Cheltenham Stages Rally of July 1975. Ian McKean finished 5th overall.
The gentleman in the orange helmet is navigator J. Kerswell.

MG Built At Least Eleven Left-Hand-Drive MGB GT V8's

as published in BritishV8 Magazine, Volume XVI Issue 2, October 2008

by: Curtis Jacobson, from notes Geoff Allen & Thomas Studer shared with Ken Smith.

The Eight Line-Built Left-Hand-Drive MGB GT V8 Prototypes

After building several LHD/V8 prototypes off-line, the MG factory at Abingdon produced a run of seven left-hand-drive V8's on their main production line. At this point, MG still planned to export the V8 model! They needed to work out any production problems, take "time-studies" for balancing assembly line work over workstations, develop process instructions, etc. The seven cars were prototypes, and thus weren't immediately despatched to dealers. In fact, they were used by MG's "Development" department for various purposes for some months. Ultimately, all seven prototypes were sold-off, delivered, and registered for customer use. At least one of the seven was partially dissembled by Development, and required significant work to be made road-worthy again. One of the seven was ultimately converted to right-hand-drive. Two of the seven are known to have been prepared for rally racing.

Even after British Leyland corporate management had made their fateful decision to abort production of the left-hand-drive MGB GT V8 model, one final example was built on-line. This car was initially ordered by and invoiced to an MG garage in Aylesbury (in Buckinghamshire, not far east of Oxford). According to V8 expert Geoff Allen, this last V8 went instead to "MG Development". After some time, it was converted to four-cylinder power and then sold off. The rest of its story is unknown.

"Number 101"
  chassis #GD2D2DUD101G
  body #GU75D000107P
  commission #G23D061198Z
  engine #49000001
  paintmallard green
  trimyellow ochre
  production start12/4/1972
  mounting12/8/1972
  finishing12/12/1972
  despatch12/13/1972
  1st reg date2/27/1974
  1st reg #POR222M
  1st ownerJ Porter of Stoke Heath, Worcestershire England (2/27/1974 - 6/1975)
  2nd ownerHans Hurzeler of Zurich Switzerland (6/1975 - ?) (see also car 109 and 110)
  note:Mr. Hurzeler registered this car in Switzerland as "ZH221310".

"Number 102"
  chassis #GD2D2DUD102G
  body #?
  commission #G23D061531Z
  engine #49000002
  paintglacier white
  trimnavy blue
  production start12/4/1972
  mounting12/13/1972
  finishing1/8/1973
  despatch9/28/1973
  1st reg date3/7/1975
  1st reg #HUD578N
  note:This particular MGB GT V8 was displayed at the New York Motor Show in April 1973.
  At that time, MG still believed the MGB GT V8 model would be sold in the North American market.
  1st ownerBrian Field of Rhiwbina, Cardiff England (2/5/1975 - 1976) (see also car 97, below)
  note:This was one of two V8's sold by the factory to Mr Field in partly dissassembled condition.
  Mr. Field completed this one and sold it to recoop his investment.
  2nd ownerPeter Rushford of Lanbourn, Berkshire England (1976 - 11/1976)
  note:Mr Rushford prepared the car for rallying.
  The car finished 2nd overall in "The Palydor Rally" in August 1976.
  The car finished 9th in class in the RAC Lombard Rally.
  3rd ownerMichael Pearson-Kirk of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire England (11/1976 - ?)
  note:Further modifications for rally racing were made, including:
  (1) fitting a close ratio 4-speed with straight cut gears,
  (2) fitting a ZF limited slip differential,
  (3) engine rebuilt and fitted with Holley carb on Offy manifold, etc.,
  so equipped, the car participated in many rallies.
  ?th ownerBas Gerrits of Holland

"Number 104"
  chassis #GD2D2DUD104G
  body #?
  commission #G23D060868Z
  engine #49000003
  paintblaze
  trimnavy blue
  production start12/12/1972
  mounting12/19/1972
  finishing1/9/1973
  despatch9/25/1973
  1st reg date3/7/1975
  1st reg #HUD576N
  1st ownerIan McKean of Yarnton, Oxfordshire England (7/1975 - 11/1978)
  note:this car was raced in several rallies, but it had a crash that damaged the whole front end.
  2nd ownerGerhard Maier of Hausach Germany (11/1978 - ?)
  note:the car was rebuilt by Bob Neville (see car 108) and was resprayed glacier white in lieu of blaze.
  Mr. Maier registered this car in Germany as "OG-S-V80".


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"Number 105"
  chassis #GD2D2DUD105G
  body #?
  commission #?
  engine #49000009
  paintbronze yellow
  trimnavy blue
  production start12/15/1972
  mounting1/16/1973
  finishing3/5/1973
  despatch4/4/1973
  1st reg date1/4/1974
  1st reg #POL862M
  1st ownerAnthony Dowsett of Solihull England (4/22/1974 - 8/5/1974)
  2nd ownerHugh Dowsett of Finchley, London England (8/5/1974 - 6/6/1975)
  3rd ownerPeter Rowland-Jones of Leiden Holland (6/1975 - 10/7/1976)
  note:Mr. Rowland-Jones registered this car in Holland as "11-MS-70".
  4th ownerB. Schut of Soest Holland (10/1976 - 4/21/1977)
  5th ownerJ.W.Hamming of Amsterdam Holland (4/21/1977 - ?)

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"Number 108"
  chassis #GD2D2DUD108G
  body #GU75D000104P
  commission #G75D000129
  engine #48600190
  paintglacier white
  trimnavy blue
  production start12/19/1972
  mounting1/16/1973
  finishing1/23/1973
  despatch9/27/1973
  1st reg date2/17/1975
  1st reg #HUD575H
  1st ownerBob Neville of West Hanney, Oxfordshire England (2/17/1975 - 8/7/1977)
  2nd ownerHank Boerboom of Berg en Del Holland (7/8/1977 - ?)
  note:Mr. Boerboom registered this car in Holland as "01-TH-83".

"Number 109"
  chassis #GD2D2DUD109G
  body #GU75D000103P
  commission #G23D061536Z
  engine #48600006
  paintdamask red
  trimnavy blue
  production start1/11/1973
  mounting1/12/1973
  finishing1/16/1973
  despatch1/22/1973
  1st reg date1/8/1974
  1st reg #POP124M
  1st ownerM.S.Kinnear of Kidderminster, Worcestershire England (1/8/1974 - 8/1975)
  2nd ownerHans Hurzeler of Zurich Switzerland (8/1975 - 3/1/1977) (see also car 101 and 110)
  3rd ownerThomas Studer of Fallanden Switzerland (3/1/1977 - ?)
  note:Mr. Studer registered this car in Switzerland as "ZH376237".

"Number 110"
  chassis #GD2D2DUD110G
  body #GU75D000105P
  commission #G75D000130
  engine #48000007A
  paintteal blue
  trimyellow ochre
  production start1/11/1973
  mounting1/12/1973
  finishing1/17/1973
  despatch2/13/1973
  1st reg date?
  1st reg #NOP554M
  1st ownerGraham Sanderson of England (? - 7/1975)
  2nd ownerHans Hurzeler of Zurich Switzerland (7/1975 - 3/22/1976) (see also car 101 and 109)
  3rd ownerCyrill Benz of Oberburen Switzerland (3/22/1976 - ?)
  note:Mr. Benz registered this car in Switzerland as "SG66771".

"Number 414"
  chassis #ADO75-414
  body #?
  commission #?
  engine #48600303
  paintharvest gold
  trimnavy blue
  production start7/3/1973
  mounting7/5/1973
  finishing7/9/1973
  despatch7/31/1973
  1st reg date?
  1st reg #?
  1st owner(MG Development)
  per Geoff Allen: "This car was built on the line and invoiced to be delivered to a garage
  in Aylesbury but it went to Development instead. Eventually a 4 cylinder
  engine was installed and the car was sold, no record of where."


Three LHD V8 Prototypes Were Built In The Development Shop (& Later Sold Off)

Developing a new car model requires prototypes for many different purposes. The earliest prototypes are shop-built by hand. Fearing liability issues, since the quality of prototypes can't be as assured as with line-built cars, modern car manufacturers usually destroy early prototypes. MG sold theirs!

Three of MG's shop-built LHD prototypes are believed to have survived.

"Number 97"
  chassis #GD2D297G
  body #?
  commission #G23D058607Z
  engine #?
  paintharvest gold
  trimblack
  production startN/A
  mountingN/A
  finishingN/A
  despatchN/A
  1st reg date5/28/1975
  1st reg #HUD577N
  note: This car is known to have been used for U.S. emissions compliance testing.
  1st ownerBrian Field of Rhiwbina, Cardiff England (2/5/1975 - 8/2002) (see also car 102)
  note: this car was sold by the factory in partly dissassembled condition
  Mr. Field modified if for rally use, making mods that included:
  (1) fitting a close ratio 4-speed with straight cut gears,
  (2) engine rebuilt and fitted with Holley carb on Offy manifold, etc.,
  (3) converting the car to right-hand-drive,
  so equipped, the car participated in many rallies.
  This car finished 3rd in class in "The Welsh International Rally" in 1977
  2nd owner? (8/2002 - ?)

"Number 98"
  chassis #GD2D2UD98C
  body #?
  commission #?
  engine #EXP 107
  paintteal blue
  trimyellow ochre
  production startN/A
  mountingN/A
  finishingN/A
  despatchN/A
  1st reg date?
  1st reg #?
  1st owner?
  2nd ownerPeter J. Wood of Twyford, Buckinghamshire England
  3rd ownerLyle York of Anderson, Indiana USA
  note: Supposedly, this specific car was built for crash testing to U.S. standards.
  This car was sold by the factory in "unfinished" condition. Many mechanical
  parts were missing, as were the doors. The trim was in complete disarray.
  The first owner stored the car in an orchard, and made no progress rebuilding it.
  Peter Wood is a professional MG specialist who found and purchased the car
  specifically for Lyle York, and then spent several years restoring the car to a
  very high standard.

"Number 100"
  chassis #GD2D2D100G
  body #?
  commission #G23054378Z
  engine #EXP 103
  paintflame red
  trimnavy blue
  production startN/A
  mountingN/A
  finishingN/A
  despatchN/A
  1st reg date2/4/1975
  1st reg #GON943N
  1st ownerAustin Morris Group, Longbridge, Birmingham England (8/1972 - 2/4/1975)
  2nd ownerHarry Palmer, Birmingham England (2/3/1975 - 7/1976)
  3rd ownerThe All Electric Garages Ltd., Birmingham England (7/20/1976 - 12/31/1976)
  4th ownerAlan Carr, London England (12/31/1976 - 2/17/1977)
  5nd ownerGeorge Irwin, London England (2/17/1977 - 2/29/1980)
  6nd ownerNigel Wagstaff, Surrey England (2/29/1980 - 10/12/1981)
  7nd ownerH.E. Stüdli, Bassersdorf Switzerland (10/12/1981 - 6/1/1988)
  8th ownerEric Prasse, Meggen Switzerland (6/1/1988 - 12/11/1998)
  9th ownerChristopher Lüke, Kenley, Lucerne Switzerland (12/12/1998 - 8/28/2013)
  10th ownerEric Prasse, Meggen Switzerland (8/29/2013 - current)
  note: Information concerning provenance from June 1988 onward was provided by
  Eric Prasse to BritishV8.org on August 19, 2014.

MGB GT V8 chassis number 100, circa 2014 (front view)
MGB GT V8 prototype "Number 100", circa 2014 (front view)

MGB GT V8 chassis number 100, circa 2014 (engine compartment)
MGB GT V8 prototype "Number 100", circa 2014 (engine compartment)

MGB GT V8 chassis number 100, circa 2014 (dashboard)
MGB GT V8 prototype "Number 100", circa 2014 (dashboard)

MGB GT V8 chassis number 100, circa 2014 (rear view)
MGB GT V8 prototype "Number 100", circa 2014 (rear view)



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