GHD3L indicates a MGB GT V8, Mark I series (1962 to 1967), left-hand drive.
The 84510 however places it in 1966 production, unless I looked it up
wrong. Was it registered as a '65 model, or FIRST registered in '65?
Although I was alive in '65, I wasn't of car-buying age, so I don't recall
exactly, but if it was possible then, as now, to buy the next year's model
in advance, then they could have bought a 1966 production model and
received delivery in 1965 and registered it then (just a W.A.G.). The DMV
may well have mucked up the records and had it as a '65, the DMV back in
the 60's not quite being known for perfection.
I don't know about pre-Abingdon. Certainly bodies and whatnot were made in
various places and shipped to Abingdon for assembly. It's possible they
were alluding to the very earliest ones, meaning the pre-production models,
which could have been created anywhere (though I'm sure someone on the list
At 10:11 PM 8/28/99 -0400, RL Chrysler wrote:
>I just got on this list today, and am eager to try to be a helpful lister.
>I'm in the early stages of a full restoration on what I believe to be a
>rather early MGB/GT. Her ser. no. is GHD3L84510, and the body no. tag is
>002450P. It seems to me that most of the early GT's were registered as 1966
>cars, ie.by the time they were produced, dispatched from Abingdon, and made
>their way over the pond to North America, and were sold to their first
>owner, the paperwork recognised them as '66's. Mine is registered as a 1965,
>therefore I'm assuming the car is fairly early.
>Another pont of interest; I read in a mid 1980's issue of the NAMGBR
>magazine that the earliest BGT's were not produced at Abingdon at all for
>the first while. Anybody know where they were assembled, and how long this
>took place before Abingdon took them on as per usual?