The MGF uses standard Rover external paint colours (or at least a few of them), and standard Rover paint codes. These are three-letter codes stamped on the car identification plate under the bonnet, along with the three-letter trim codes. Both paint codes and trim codes represent the basic colour, the marque identifier, and the colour/shade. Thus all greens begin with H, all reds with C, etc. All paint options are available to both 1.8i and VVC models, and the later MK2 1.8i Steptronic, unless stated otherwise.
All car bodies are delivered unpainted from Mayflower in Coventry to the Rover factory at Longbridge, and then to the paint shop.
Reputedly one could have the car painted at Longbridge in any colour one wished, at a cost according to who was telling the story varying from two to three thousand pounds. I'm not aware of any non-standard colour ever leaving the factory (on production cars, that is), but I may be wrong. There are, of course, many cars finished in quite bizarre colours once they were away from the safe haven of Rover's paint shop.
External colours are solid, metallic and pearlescent. Metallic and pearlescent have a clear coat finish and subsequently glitter with a cursory wash. All colours are water based, and have quite rightly acquired a reputation of being rather soft.
Unless stated to the contrary all cars were produced with a black mohair hood and a black vinyl half-tonneau (hood cover).
When the F was announced in March 1995 the pre-production literature listed a quite basic range of only five colours, Flame Red, White Diamond, British Racing Green and Amaranth. However the 1996 brochures show a far more comprehensive range. The first production F off the line - which went to Gaydon Motor Museum - was finished in Flame Red. With production in full flow the standard set of paint codes and colours was:
By 1998 both the solid colours had been replaced with fresher variants, Anthracite had replaced Charcoal in the metallics, and BRG had moved up a shade to join the pearlescents. Amaranth and Volcano, never too popular, had been dropped for a deep purple Morello, which would prove to be just as short-lived as its precursors:
During 1997/8 a solid green variant, so dark as to be almost black, with a beige hood and tonneau cover and walnut leather interior, was successfully introduced in the German market as the Brookland. With few changes it was subsequently released in the UK in 1998 as the first limited edition F, the Abingdon. The German car was a 1.8 only, while the UK had 350 1.8 and 150 VVCs.
In midsummer 1999 the MGF evolved into the mildly spruced-up MK2, or 2000MY, version, thus labelling all that went before as MK1. The end of the MK1 was marked by a 75th anniversary (of MG, that is) Limited Edition of 2000 cars, with 500 marked for the UK. The 75 LE had a Grenadine Red leather interior with a black hood/tonneau for red cars and a red hood/tonneau for black cars. Silver cars were available overseas only.
The MK2 gained two new colours, Alumina Green and Sienna Gold, and lost the ill-fated Morello. Hoods continued to be black. MK2 colours are:
By September 2000 yet another special edition had arrived, the imaginatively named MGF SE, available in 1.8i, VVC and 1.8i Steptronic form. Among its many features was the quite striking duck-egg blue paintwork. The UK market took 500 of the 2000 SE's made.
The first development of the F under MG Rover
Ltd., in March 2001, was the Trophy 160 SE, a 160 bhp VVC with significant
engine, transmission and bodywork modifications. This flagship F,
intended to put the F back into the public's eye, had two new colours
(appropriately described as vibrant) as well as two old favourites. The
UK market again took 500 of the 2000 Trophy's made.
Accompanying the Trophy was the entry-level 1600 cc
Monogram paint range for 2004 MG and Rover cars
Chromescent colours use extremely high concentrations
of pigment to deliver dramatic colour shift or holographic paint effects.
Chromactive colours contain multi-layered
pigment flakes with special reflective qualities.
Kinetic colours demonstrate a subtle multi-layer
Supertallic is a range of distinctive metallics,
and micatallics for a pearlescent effect.
Edition Spark 2004
JHG = Sonic Blue
CEV Metallic - Firefrost red
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Paint-pencil/colour code and P/N
- KMN Amaranth AWZ100770
Sort by Andrew Phillips:
HFH Alumina Green
2008 MG TF LE500
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