Concours specfifications  


No points should be deducted for colour unless it is not peroid.
Lower sill finisher should be fitted from car no. 19949 and painted body colour.
Original bumpers were curved not flat.
Correct type of vent for car model.
Correct indentation on rear beaver below bumper.
Original bumpers were painted silver-grey on the inside.
Rubbers should be fitted behind overriders.
Check appendix for correct car colours.
Ensure correct items are chromed.
1500s do not have reinforcing on air vents.
Bumper bar ends were suitably curved not straight.
Mudguard and grill piping should grey.
Grille piping should terminate underneath grill in line with each of the 2 small chrome bolts.
Tail light plinths: 1500 black ; 1600 grey.
1500 side curtains should flap-type until October 1956, when sliding side curtains were first offered as an option.
Flaps should have a chromed, spring-loaded damper.
Sliding side curtains frames were vinyl covered. Aluminium type was available with hard tops. If a car has steel side curtains frames painted black it should not be penalised as there were factory replacements.
Hood fabric was vinyl, normally black, but offered also in ice-blue, beige & grey on UK-manufactured cars.
Glass should not be tinted.
Wire wheels should be on all Australian-plated cars. They were offered as an option on English cars.
Chrome-spoked wheels were not a standard option.
Tyres may be cross-plys or radials.
Paint colour on wire and steel wheels should be silver-grey metallic.
1500s pre-48730 had ,,MG,, on knock-ons.
Headlights to car no. 58918 should be Lucas with replaceable globe.
Headlamps after car no. 58919 are sealed beams.
Fog lights were optional an all models.
Radio aerial, if fitted, should be retractable into mudguard.
Number plate backing plates to be fitted front and rear, painted black.


Seal must be fitted between wood and battery cover.
Auster plate on inside of windscreen.
Australian-produced cars should be all vinyl.
UK-manufactured cars should have leather on all wearing parts and rails on top doors; vinyl on all edges and back of squabs.
Carpet should be Westminster fluted-type or Crosslet Karvel tufte-type, with felt carpet underlay under front tunnel. 6 pieces in all.
Binding should be on centre tunnel, oil flap and around crossmember only.
Heel mat fitted to drivers side only, should be sewn in and of criss-cross design.
Battery cover should be painted in the body colour.
Floorboards screws should have a cup washers.
Hood bows should be grey or beige in colour with overlay on each bow.
Also black was used on factory replacement bows.
Centre clip on all models except 1500.
Boot should not be carpeted.
Spare wheel cover should be vinyl except in UK cars where carpet has sometimes been found.
Turn lever should be black and shorter than T-series.
Knob lettering should be white.
Radio blanking plate should be body colour, except for vinyl-covered dashes.
Vinyl-covered dashed should have chrome speaker panel and chrome stripĀ  surrounding bottom of dash.
Grommet fitted where door pull passes through trim.
Piping should be above and below crash pad on top of dash.
Radio, if fitted , should be earlier transistor-type with separate speaker. Two brands: Radiomobile or HMV for UK-manufactured cars.
Rear vision mirror should be gold colours.
Correct chrome spring to steering column.
1600s onwards had adjustable columns. 1500s were unadjustable with asjustable columns as an optional extra.
Door hinges to be body colour.
Door catches should be zinc-plated, including catch on door itself.
Furflex door frames can be black, or green, grey or red on UK cars.
Pop rivets should hold outer sill to front door pillar. No continuous welds.

Engine bay

Correct oil filter.
Interior should be the same colour as body.
There should be no evidence of underbody sealer or stoneguard, as dealers would not have sprayed engine bay.
The following parts should be painted Carnation Red: engine, nuts and bolts, cylinderhead, rocker cover, heat shield, inlet manifold, dip stick, vacuum pipe, top hose mount and waterpump banjo.
Coil should be silver with Lucas decal.
Exhaust manifold should be unpainted. Black is acceptable.
Fan - can be black, engine colour , or yellow, depending on model ( don't penalise for yellow as this was done for safety reasons).
Heater pipes should be natural copper finish.
Heater or heater blanking plates should be black.
Oil filler cap should be original plated type, not MGB or chrome.
Pedal cover and heater cover should be black.
Pedal cover surround plate should face up, not down.
Braiding should be black with white slashes, cotton covered with individual wires. Colour-coded.
Correct metal clips fitted.
Replacement harnesses and late 1600 Australian-only cars had plastic covered harnesses.
Speedo cables grey, not black.
Yellow tracers on push-rod cars and white on Twincams were also used.
Air intake pipe in front of radiotor.
If heater is not fitted, blanking plate should be installed.
Fuel pipes should be braided steel.
All catches should be painted body colour, including pull-rods.
Bonnet support rod should be black.
Cylinder heads: '15' on 1500 and 1600 cars, and '16' on MK 2s (not '18' ).
Brass plate with firing order on intake manifold.
Spark plug leads should numbered with yellow rings.
Spark plug clips should be correct suppresser type.
All guard bolts protruding into engine bay should be bright zinc and have a pointed end.
Correct ID. plates on fire wall.
Patent plates on rocker cover.
One Lucas decal on coil.
Control box 1500s should be silver colour (not chrome-plated).
Hose clips to be two-wire vintage-type.
Bonnet should have wooden stiffener with anti-drum felt behind it.
Felt strip on bonnet to meet radiator.
All carburetor's had brass tops to dampers.
Body number should prefix with 'B' on 1600s onwards.
The bracket of the windscreen washer should be painted blue , not black.


Body spray ( stone guard or stone deadening ) should only be evident under boot and transmission tunnel.
Floorboards should be painted black.
Screws holding floorboards should down should pointed ends.
Bolts used on car should be plated.
Correct clips should hold loom.
Correct spacers should be used on handbrake clips.
Rear axle should be black.
Gearbox should be aluminium (do not deduct points if differential is painted black as there is discrepancy between Australian and UK cars.)
HP fuel pumps should be rubber-covered up to car no. 93225.
Correct battery terminals.
Correct steel cable cover over link battery cable.
U-bolts should have extra locking nuts. ( rear axle )
Rubber pads must be fitted under batteries.
Exhaust pipe and silencer should be aluminium or light grey or black.
Springs and metal parts should be painted black , including brake calipers and drums.
Shock absorbers can be natural aluminium with black painted arms.
Replacement shocks were green and black, so no penalty for these combinations.
Anti-sway bar was optional from car no. 66574.
Short and long strap screwed on where gearbox meets engine.
Correct long nuts holding flange to exhaust manifold.
Tie rod ends and rack boots must have proper ring clips.
Lucas high/low horn / One horn normally fitted behind front valance / sometimes 2 were fitted as an optional extra
Nuts and bolts should be stamped with the following brands: Linread , Wiley , Newton ,
Rubery Owen , GRS , etc, NOT AJAX. And should plated.
Splash guards had split rivets holding rubber.
Front valance should have rectangle plates behind fixing screws.
Rear shock absorber bolts should have face outwards.
Diff and gearbox should have breathers fitted on top.


Tool roll should be strapped to top of spare wheel.
Tool kit complete ( there is no information to tell us what was in an Australian toolkit e.g. no grease gun.
Boot pull-felt should be fitted under rod.
Two felt pads should be fitted under spare wheel.
Pull rods should be painted body colour.
Boot lid to have wooden stiffener with the anti-drum felt fitted.
Felt strip fitted between boot floor and body.
Support rod should be black.
1600 Mk IIs can have carpets mats in boot.
Tool kit should be hessian-type material.Soft hammer to be on display.
Spare wheel cover grey "Hardura".
Australian 1600 Mk II had grey "Hardura" as a boot mat.

Special thanks to John Price Williams.
(MGA ,,First of a new line!, by Veloce Publishing PLC)