More than 6,000 replacement bodyshells for MGBs and Midgets, and for Austin-Healey Sprits, Triumph TR6s and vintage Minis. Plus hundreds of thousands of individual body panels — fenders and such — for those and Triumph Spitfires and Stags, Morris Minors and more.
And those are just part of the products that British Motor Heritage has produced in the past 40 years for classic car restorers, the company and its Motoring Classic brand have provided.
“Since 2012 it has also been manufacturing E-type Jaguar bonnets for Jaguar Land Rover Classic, and recently commenced production of front wings and rear quarter panels for the Range Rover Classic,” it pointed out in a celebratory news release in conjunction with its participation this week in the Historic Motorsport International exhibition in London, adding that, “All BMH panels are created on original tooling or presses of exactly equivalent specification.”
“The combined effort is a volume of parts sales normally only associated with modern car lines,” John Yea, managing director, was quoted in the news release. “And this is without including the new shells we are now building for Frontline Developments for their popular MGB evocations or the stunning range of new/classic Minis recently launched by David Brown Automotive.
“The funny thing is that, despite our pivotal role in this very British success story, there are still a surprising number of classic car owners who are unsure of who we are, or exactly what we do.
“Some understandably confuse us with the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust that operates the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, and to which we were once related; though haven’t been for over 20 years.
“Others are aware of our very successful online parts, accessory and car care product business Motoring Classics, but don’t necessarily realize it’s part of the BMH group of companies. Just a few of the mainly ‘Best of British’ branded items stocked under the Motoring Classics banner are Irvin flying jackets, Revotec fan kits, Samco Sport hoses, Greycar clothing and Moto-Lita steering wheels.
“Even less classic car drivers probably appreciate that for some 10 years the long-established Tex Automotive wiper and mirror enterprise has been owned and run by BMH, as has Powerstop Brakes that specializes in providing upgraded EBC pads, discs, drums and linings for the old car sector.”
The company noted that it continually rolls out new products, most recently replacement bodyshells for the Mk 1 version of the Mini and a five-speed gearbox conversation for the MGB.