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S P E C I A L   B G T s

The most historically important, exotic, spectacular
and stylish MGB GTs packed into one page... almost.
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It started all with this car! Yes, this is the prototype MGB GT, pictured in the Pininfarina studios in spring 1964. Pininfarina did an excellent job here. Note that the prototype has frameless rear quarterlights, "pull-out" door handles...
... and no badge on the tailgate. Known as "Pininfarina MGB GT", the prototype survived and is now owned by collector Syd Beer. However, it's painted silver now and wears an MG badge... These period mods were done for a Mrs. Malone, who was the first owner, before she passed it toSyd Beer
Pictured here is one of the first production cars. These early BGTs with the soft-shaped rear lights, no reverse lights and the large badge look definitly best. What a beauty!
The BGT was presented to the public at Earls Court Motor Show in October 1965. The show car is RHD, wearing WW-tyres
BGT Mk I production line in the Pressed Steel Fisher plant at Swindon. The Tourer was painted and trimmed at another plant in Coventry.
In December 1966, Abingdon built this BGT, registered LBL 591E, to be raced in Sebring 1967. Driven by Paddy Hopkirk and Andrew Hedges, it made a 11th overall, even winning its "Prototype" class. The best: The original car is still among us
Official press photo from the 1966 publicity campaign, introducing the MGB GT in the United States.
Official press shot from 1968, introducing the MGB GT Mk II - like mine, fitted with the then new US spec "Abingdon pillow" dashboard. 1968 was important to MG in that it saw the introduction of special MGB versions for the US-american market, due to their stupid "safety regulations". These cars also came with the well-know "emission equipment", basically an engine-driven air injection pump. I dumped mine, of course...
The BGT sold like hot cakes, so May 1971 saw the 250.000th GT leaving the assembly line in Abingdon. Standing alongside is George Turnbull, then Managing Director of Morris. The famous "Old Number One" is just visible
One of the two men who made the GT version of the MGB possible: This is Syd Enever...
...and here we have John Thornley, pictured outside his home with his 1973 BGT automatic, later fitted with V8 alloy wheels. Note "MG I" plate
In 1963 - one year before the prototype and two years before the official launch of the BGT, Jacques Coune from Brussels built this "MGB Berlinette". Made of steel and GRP, this gorgeous looking car was produced over three years, with a total production of no more than 56 cars. Today, just about 12 MGB Berlinettes survived...
With LENHAM hardtop and original tailgate, this MGB is converted to a DIY-BGT. I like the looks, only the cow seems not to be impressed. I found this photo in Classic & Sports Car, issue March 2004.
HERON PLASTIC's GTB, another MGB fastback conversion, also found in Classic & Sports Car, issue March 2004.
If you have any infos, photos ore links to pages about these great-looking cars, please drop me a line... Jonas did, who rescued an original HERON PLASTIC's hardtop from being scrapped...
..but as Jonas has never owned an MGB, he sold the hardtop to his friend Mats Pålsson. What a great rare find! Hope to this this hardtop back on an MGB!
The famous split-model BGT, now on display at the Motor Heritage Center at Gaydon, was build for the 1965 Earls Court show, but - being steadily modified - was displayed at various exhibitions over the years.
Beautifully rallye-prepared BGT, which took part in the London-Sydney run 2001
How far can you go with your BGT? This hot-rod here once was a beautiful GT, before a US-enthusiast put a V8 in, and modified the bodywork a bit... Well, at least it looks interesting
Any special BGTs missing on this page? Maybe yours? Just send me pictures & data...