Adding the requirements for such ‘new’ classics as the Mini Remastered, RBW Electric MGB and Frontline MGB to the ongoing stream of Mini and MGB bodyshells sought by those restoring original vehicles made 2022 a record year of manufacture for British Motor Heritage (BMH).
The key totals are – classic Mini, all marks, 45; MGB roadster and GT, all marks, 32.
The year was also notable for having produced the first order for an MG Midget body in three years. BMH offers shells for all marks of Midget and its close cousin the Austin-Healey Sprite, the prices for which are £12,210.00 including VAT.
The recent build was for a pre-1972 MKIII Midget, so featured the earlier-style square-shaped rear wheel arches specific to that period.
Said BMH Managing Director Graham Payne: “Last year was certainly a very busy one, that’s more than justified our ongoing investment in the refurbishment of the original BMC/Leyland tooling – the invaluable hardware which makes us the only company able to produce replacement bodyshells to the exact specification of the originals.
Where our products do differ from the originals, however, is in the quality of the steel and the OE specification primer in which all our parts are finished, thus ensuring far better longevity. As things currently stand, it looks as though this year could be at least as busy as 2022 was.”
Main Image: the completed replacement MKIII MG Midget bodyshell