Costello MGs in the News 2021

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27th May, 2021 
MG Costellos in Statistics

One question Costello aficionados are often asked is just how many of Ken's V8 cars were constructed. Recent publications suggest some writers are not expending much effort in researching Costello Engineering Limited's output, nor asking owners of these cars more searching questions of their provenance.

 

So, to put the record straight, mgcostello.com is happy to share some data from the Costello Register as to what is known to date. These figures date back some 15 years to when the Register was conceived. It has been compiled and managed by one person in the intervening years, with data supplied by enthusiastic and willing owners of the cars themselves.

If in reading this you wish to share the information in print, you are welcome. In return, a nod to mgcostello.com would be most welcome.

 

Of the 225 (approximately) cars Ken Costello and his team converted to V8 power, about 190 were GTs, in either Mk I or Mk II guise. Only two Costellos were MGCs. A Porsche 928 was also given the Costello treatment.

Of the 225 built, some 76 are known to mgcostello.com today.

Of those 76, 61 are known to be roadworthy and enjoyed fairly regularly.

Of those 61 road-going Costellos 52 are GTs and 27 are Roadsters.

 

Of the 76 known to mgcostello.com 40 cars are Mk I type, 30 are Mk II and 9 are the very rare Mk III, fuel-injected models.

As more owners step forward with anecdotes about their experiences with Costello V8 cars be sure mgcostello.com will share what it can. Hopefully more will appear but the reach of the internet is far and wide and it is not thought there are many more in existence. Here's hoping. 

Enjoy your stats and your driving!

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18th April, 2021 
New Zealand's roads - a perfect canvas for enjoying a Costello Roadster

Since changing hands some four years ago only one of two Costellos in New Zealand is once again on the road, this time in the capable hands of Wes McIntyre. The latest owner has been in touch with mgcostello.com and acquired a Certificate of Authenticity and registered the car as a Premium Listing - giving all os us enthusiasts a chance to see more pictures of the vehicle and lean more of its interesting history. 

Read more in his bio in the Roadsters section.

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5th April, 2021 
Mint MkI Undergoes Some Minor Fettling to Return to the UK Roads

Since acquiring this fabulous MkI GT Geoff has been busy during lockdown, finally completed some recommissioning work, which he is happy to share with the MGCostello.com community.

 

New discs, pads and complete rear brakes, complete re-bushing of all front suspension, new heater, all pipework and alloy header tank (the old one perforated but retained). The car also welcomes a replacement black interior with red piping, and the battery system converted to 12volts.​

Read more in his bio in the GT section.

30th March, 2021 
Geoff Peters Introduces his MkI Costello Roadster

Multiple car collector and MG fanatic Geoff has shared with us his story on how he came about this now modified MkI Costello Roadster following a spirited ride with Ken Costello back in the day. Since Geoff owns Bentleys and several De Tomaso Panteras (I want one - Ed.) he clearly knows his V8s. ​

Read more in his bio in the Roadsters section. 

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1st February, 2021 
Costello History on MGCC Podcast

It's always good to hear the story recounted of how the Costello MG V8 came to be. Last month Wayne Scott from Classic Heritage PR and Media explained lucidly the history of the marque in the MG Car Club Podcast. 

The full piece can be heard here and runs for about 15 minutes. If you have any comments or reflections on the anecdotes Wayne shares, please leave them on the Forum. Always good to hear from you. 

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8th January 2021 
First Costello for Sale in 2021

Despite initial enthusiasm to recommission his second Costello, mgcostello.com founder Lawrence Wood has decided to part with his MkII GT. Living overseas with precious few visits likely to the UK to work on the car have led to following a more economically sensible route and giving someone else the chance to enjoy this fabulous car.

As a reminder (see notes on the GTs page) the car has only covered some 42000 miles from new and had only one previous keeper. Dry stored since restoration in 1993 it had not turned a wheel until July 2019, then again in October 2020.

Now, following over £2000 in recommissioning work this rare GT is back up on her toes, starting on the button and stopping on a dime. In the safe hands of Gerry Wadham at Sussex Sports Cars she represents excellent value for a car of which only some 65 remain around the world. Contact Gerry for more info.

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5th January 2021 
Recap on 2020

Well, glad that's over! Right, 2021, let's hope for happier times ahead! Happy New Year everyone!

 

2020 was a busy year for Costello MGs despite confusing lockdowns and restrictions on travel. No fewer than seven Costellos were offered or sale and, at the time of writing, five had successfully transferred to enthusiastic new owners. That appears to be the largest number to change hands in a single year since this Community was conceived back in 2006. Deals were international too; one was imported to the UK from South Africa whilst another left the UK for northern France.

Two further cars emerged form long-term restorations to be road-worthy once again - increasing the number of Costellos known to be burbling along the roads to 58. Another two joined the Community as Premium Listings - many thanks to them and to all of you who pay a minimal annual sum to keep this informative site operating without annoying pop-up advertisements for things we do not need in our lives.

Despite some travel restrictions a group of Costello owners (plus a few sensible friends with comparatively decent cars) met in Bavaria to enjoy some good food, fine beer, cruises on the Danube and of course great driving roads. mgcostello.com hopes to keep this tradition alive through 2021 and beyond, if the conditions allow safely. 

Meanwhile we start the year with a podcast from the MG Car Club (courtesy of Wayne Scott and Adam Sloman) which highlights the story of how Ken Costello first landed upon the idea of fitting a lightweight V8 into a small British sportscar body, whilst performing some stunt driving for the movie Grand Prix in the late 1960s.

The Community clearly has an eclectic and exciting mix of tastes in classic cars that share stables and garages with members' Costellos - MGAs, De Tomaso Panteras, Bentleys, Land Rovers, Swallow Dorettis, XJS, Porsches, Aston Martins and others.

 

Enjoy your hobby, keep in touch and don't forget to share your own stories, anecdotes, experiences and plans with and for your Costello MGs. Stay safe everyone.