[Healeys] BJ8 at RM Hershey auction

Alan Seigrist healey.nut at gmail.com
Thu Oct 18 02:33:20 MDT 2018

I have a '51 Austin A90 and I can confirm the metal flake they used then
was extraordinarily fine and prone to oxidation.  In the handful of parts
of my car hidden from light, the flake and colors are absolutely stunning,
but without a decent clearcoat it comes out quite flat.  That said I am a
fan of these British fine flake metallics, with a decent clearcoat they
look one step short of iridescent or possibly "creamy".  Wish modern flakes
looked like this, they are quite elegant.


On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 4:26 AM Earl Kagna <kags at shaw.ca> wrote:

> You are correct. As the owner (for 38 years) of an original Golden Beige
> Metallic (not MGB) late BJ8 (# 42845), I have done a bit of research over
> the years. From memory, approximately 550 late BJ8’s were produced, all in
> 1967.  Approx. 50 of these were trimmed in red, the rest Black. Indeed, an
> original red trimmed car is very rare.
> It is known that the factory did have problems with the paint – many cars
> had to be repainted – both at the factory and the dealerships. A lot had
> the colour changed at the same time.  Metallic paint technology (without
> clearcoat) was not what it is today.  An original GBM BJ8 would look almost
> completely silver in certain light because of the very fine aluminum flake
> in the paint. Today’s paint technology is far superior resulting in truly
> beautiful GBM paint jobs on restored BJ8’s – these cars look far better
> than anything from the factory in 1967.
> The colour has become quite popular on restored Healey’s because of the
> auctions over that last few years, especially Barret – Jackson, who had a
> couple of restorers doing them up for them because they sold very well.
> The colour has been called sandy beige, champagne, elc. etc. but what they
> have been trying to emulate is the original Golden Beige Metallic.  If the
> colour is on any Healey other than a very late BJ8, it is not original to
> that car, as in the Hershey example.  I have seen the colour on almost
> every model of Healey over the years,  no reason why not, it’s a nice
> colour!
> At one point, there was a register of original Golden Beige Metallic cars,
> but I haven’t heard much about it in recent years.  If memory serves, I
> believe that register has now been  incorporated into Steve Beyer’ overall
> BJ8 register.
> Comments Steve?
> Earl Kagna
> Victoria, B.C. Canada
> BJ8, BT7 tri-carb
> *From:* Deejay2650 <deejay2650 at gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Monday, October 15, 2018 7:16 PM
> *To:* healeys at autox.team.net
> *Subject:* Re: [Healeys] BJ8 at RM Hershey auction
> G'day all,
> My BJ8 was factory finished in Metallic Golden Beige (Code BG19) with a
> build date of late April early May 1967 according to my BMIHT Certificate
> and has a black interior.
> According to Anders Ditlev Clausager's book "Original Austin-Healey",
> Metallic Golden Beige is a rare colour, that I am led to believe to be only
> applied to the 1967 BJ8's, with the MGB/Red interior being the rarest of
> all. Steve Byers, please chime in mate if I am wrong.
> If this info is correct, any BJ8 in MGB that is NOT a '67 model then it is
> not the original colour.
> Cheers,
> Darryl Ross
> HBJ8L/41258
> Wagga Wagga NSW
> Australia
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