I'm Lawrence Wood, a long-standing V8 MG fan from London, UK (though currently residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates).

However, there are V8s and there are V8s. I had previously owned a V8-converted GT, but then, having purchased my first genuine Costello (the green roadster opposite), I was so impressed (and curious) that I set myself the task of finding all the other remaining Costello cars worldwide. More than 60 have been unearthed to date and still the search goes on! The result, I believe, has become the first authoritative database on the marque, a compendium of useful and interesting images and information, and a long overdue tribute to Ken Costello himself; the man behind the ground-breaking cars.

Update May 2014: The green MkI Roadster pictured here is now sold. Lawrence has decided running one Costello V8 is sufficient for his needs!

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Home of the MG Costello V8

This website attempts to unite the owners of the remaining Costello MGB V8s of the early 1970s (and a few from the early 1990s) so that they may share experiences, admire each other's vehicles, and generally celebrate the car that convinced British Leyland to build their own V8 model. Their effort was not generally considered to be as good as Ken Costello's innovative 'original', thereby giving the Costello V8 cars a distinct cache, sought after evermore today by enthusiasts.

Listed on these pages are all the roadsters, GTs, racing Costellos and restoration projects that we have traced to date (since January 2008). Those owners who have not so far provided photographs and details are encouraged to do so in order to make the site as exhaustive as possible. It is not currently known how many Costellos still remain, but so far, cars from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have been discovered, and there are plenty of enthusiastic owners in Northern Europe too. Currently, the owners of more than 60 Costellos have come on board, and now with a substantial press archive as well as direct access to Ken himself - all of which makes mgcostello.com the nearest thing there is to a Costello Register, though it’s preferred not to be so formal.

Please browse the Articles, view more images of owners' cars in the Gallery, read or contribute to the technical section, and post your thoughts and any discussion topics on the Forum. Do also remember that the site is constantly being updated with new information (as well as new cars) and it's always worth a regular browse. Who knows what you'll find? Indeed, some of your recent Forum postings contained technical queries the answers to which were already available on site.

If you own a Costello MG today, have owned one in the past, or know the whereabouts of one not so far listed, please do contact Lawrence via e-mail, introduce yourself, and then send in any relevant anecdotes, pictures, stories - whatever you wish. This is an independent, non-profit website so there is no fee required, just enthusiasm!

From time to time, we enthusiastic Costello owners gather together for a drive and to share stories and experiences. As of January 2013, eight such Gatherings have taken place in France, Belgium, the UK and this year—the Black Forest in Germany.

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