The Golden Jubilee Concours was held during the week-long celebrations in Abingdon marking the 50th Anniversary of the iconic MG marque being in the town. John, a staunch MG Car Club member, drove down in his Green TF to enter.
During the celebrations John got to meet and talk to lots of the MG employees, including Chris Peacock who was at that time the Manufacturing Manager. They were soon to correspond with each other on a regular basis about the unique MGB featured in this article.
As the celebrations drew to a close, the winner of the concours was announced, with John taking the overall win with CJK 5, his stunning Green TF. Understandably, this was an extremely proud moment for John and something that he decided he would like to commemorate. He approached Chris Peacock and mentioned that he would like to purchase a new MGB, but would like it be somewhat different to a standard MG to commemorate his prestigious win. Chris decided to give it some thought.

John also insisted that a suspension lowering kit, supplied by Brown and Gammons, and a Moto-Lita 14″ flat polished steering wheel, supplied directly by Moto-Lita, be fitted.
On February 18 John Simmonds sent a letter to Chris Peacock at the Abingdon Factory to say that the MGB would be released to University Motors, Hanwell, on March 11 1980. When it arrived at University Motors it was fitted with the parts that John had specified in his letter. In addition to those parts, the North American specification wheels (not varnished like the UK LE wheels, and a black centre not red) were fitted to the MGB before it was taken to Abingdon to be fitted with rest of the parts to complete the North American spec conversion. These included the chin spoiler, side stripes, boot rack (of which Leyland imported approximately 20) and a set of Collinburn custom-built black leather seats.

After John Butler parted with the car, it enjoyed three further owners before being bought by another MG enthusiast, Geoff Pearson, in September 1986. Geoff knew none of the history of the car when he purchased it, but from the look of the car and the graphics, he knew he’d purchased something special. After contacting the MG Clubs and not having much joy, he decided to take the car to the MG Car Club’s annual Silverstone event, getting there early and parking it by the MGB Register marquee. It just so happened that John Butler was attending that event in his TF and passed by the MGB leaving a note on the windscreen that read: “I was the original owner of this car and it has a special history, contact me on….” Subsequently Geoff Pearson met John Butler, who gave him all the MG correspondence and photographs of the car being collected from Abingdon. Geoff used the MGB on a regular basis,keeping it to John’s original specification, apart from an engine rebuild to stage two by MG Motorsport, before selling it to a lady owner in 2000. Subsequently she advertised it through Bonhams auction house in 2011, but it failed to sell so she decided to advertise it in the Classic Car press.

John finally got to pick up his new unique acquisition from Abingdon in some secrecy, as by this time British Leyland did not approve of either special cars being built or the public going into the works.

This is where the current owner, Martyn Lucas, saw it advertised, and after looking at other MGBs including an LE which weren’t what he was looking for, Martyn decided to make the trip to Witney in Oxfordshire to have a look at the unique black roadster. This was to be his first foray into the world of MGownership after joining the MG Car Club at the NEC a couple of weeks previously. A deal was soon struck with the lady owner and the MGB was accompanying him home to Wiltshire shortly afterwards. Since 2011 Martyn and the B have been regulars on the show scene, having the car displayed twice at the NEC on the J.U.L.E. Club stand, as well as taking the car back to Silverstone for the MG Car Club’s event. The MGB now also shares the garage with an MG Rover TF Spark, but that doesn’t mean it’s used any less, as this unique MGB is still attending local and national events on a regular basis for all to see and admire.