BMH set to commence production of MkI bodyshells in April.
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British Motor Heritage’s long-awaited MkI bodyshell is finally set to go into production. Following the unveiling of a prototype version at the Classic Motor Show last November, manufacture of the first batch of 15 shells will commence next month, with deliveries occurring through May and June.
Since creating the prototype body, BMH says it has commissioned additional tooling to refine the finish and improve the build quality. Previously, it has offered ‘76on shells in round-nose and Clubman form, but the new arrival is markedly different. There are smaller door apertures and different step profiles, sliding window doors with external hinges, different rear quarter panels and MkI rear light mountings. The shells also include the earlier A-panels and hinge reinforcements, cant rails, front and rear parcel shelves, switch panel, boot panel, bonnet and inner wings, plus a full-skirt front panel. BMH has sourced MkI floors and sills from M-Machine as the cost of retooling these items would have made the project unviable, and contrary to online speculation, the rear window aperture is the correct smaller size.
BMH has also used the later front bulkhead crossmember assembly as it says that retooling for this non-visual part would have been prohibitive, though it does suit the correct twin-bolt subframe. It’s also opted not to form the rotodip hole in the rear seat squab; recognising that a significant element of demand for the new shells will almost certainly be for historic motorsport. The knock-on effect of this could be more original cars preserved, as well as a legal way to re-shell cars previously deemed unviable to restore.
The launch price of the MkI bodyshell is £9,950 including VAT, and the company is accepting orders accompanied by a 25 per cent deposit. Enquiries should be made via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01993 707200.