1952 MG TD Roadster Replica: Information follows:
^^^^^^^Note that I have reduced the price by over $2000 to make it even more attractive********* I am the third owner as the original car was built from a “kit” in 1992. I am selling the car because I have moved into a senior apartment with limited parking places. The pictures were taken at my Texas home with a large garage and lot. I use my covered space here for the roadster (with cover) and primarily drive my 2016 Mini Cooper. I have spent quite a bit of time upgrading the car to make it show better as will be elaborated further in this description.
Note that when you view the photos I have added a few showing the original tan seats to show what it looked like before I made the upgrades. I also added a few photos showing the work I did to strip out the old and upgrade the seats and floor covering. So, don't be confused as the seats are now white leather and the floor mats are now black. Looks really great!
Driving this car always seems to grab the attention. They just do not make cars like this anymore! And this MG TD Roadster is hard to find. You can find a few of the replicas like this one but they are in short supply. Originals are even harder to find and if are found in any decent condition are very expensive. The car can be viewed by calling me and setting up an appointment. It is located in Escondido (just North of San Diego), California, Zip 92026.
• FiberFab – was the original manufacturer of the kit who is now out of business. They sold the rights to MG Magic located in San Diego which is where I got many of the kits for the seats, gages and floor mats.
• MG is the abbreviation for Morris Garages – coined in Oxford, England starting around 1924 up to around 1980.
• The car has the body and power train of a Beetle rear engine 73/74' VW frame (S/N AH287344), 1600cc dual port 48 bhp engine and power train. Note the AH engines were built from 1973-1974 which puts it in a class that usually does not require special smog control.
• The body is fiberglass and the red color goes through some of the body thickness. That is, the color is part of the fiberglass. The car weighs about 1500 pounds due to the fiberglass body. Scratch it and just polish and buff it up.
• Assembled as a kit in 1992 – the engine was probably rebuilt along the way but the car runs quite well. Right after I purchased (May 2015) it I took it to a local mechanic who checked it over doing a major tune up, changing the oil, filters, spark plugs, points etc, and so forth. There was not much more to do for these engines built before1974.
• VIN Number – KS111745 which is a special for older classic vehicles – rather than that very long number for modern cars – also keeping the smog control out of the equation.
• I have the car insured with Haggerty as they only insure classic cars like this and at a remarkable low premium. My cost is much less than $170 per year.
• 4 speed manual transmission, radio & CD player, new tires and chrome wheels,
• Always garaged (until this recent move to California) and well maintained. Only driven for pleasure, car shows & parades. The climate of California is certainly conducive to parking a car under a car port.
• The car had around original 13320 miles at time of my purchase with many of the miles being towing miles. Similar to the previous owners I did not put many miles on it as I enjoyed the restoration work and car shows. The included tow bar helps to move it to car shows without driving it. I did not drive it much as I spent so much time in restoration.
• Spare parts includes tow bar and electrical connection cable hookup, and many spare parts.
• The bumpers and front grill are real metal and chrome – no plastic used anywhere. All lights and mirrors are also real chrome.
• The car has zip in place side curtains and a separate boot for the top when the top is down. I have never used the boot.
• The last owner installed new 15" chrome wheels and tires, and the radio and CD player.
• I upgraded much of the car including, rear view mirrors, gages, floor mats and the white upholstery – and more.
• The gages were the original ones when I purchased the car and some were not working well. The gages show as the black ones in the "before" photos. The new ones are white background and much easier to view. When I finished installing the new gages, the odometer had about 13500 miles just before I replaced the gages – and started on the large task of replacing the floor mats and seat covers. At the time of this writing it reads 176 miles.
• I gutted the inside of the car to replace the flooring and seat covers – no short term task. Some of the photos show my effort. Some of the photos show the old tan upholstery before I converted it to white. All parts came from MG Magic as a kit.
• A source for MG spare parts – just about every component from the original kit manufacturer can be found at Phone 954-680-2010 and website
http://www.mgmagicclassicmotorparts.com/. MG Magic purchased the rights from the original supplier. Many of the parts kits I used to replace the mirrors, carpets, gages and upholstery were purchased from them.
• Assembled in 1992 – as the title uses the date of 1992.
• The original owner appears to be from Florida who sold the car to an owner in Kentucky in 2003 – and finally to me.
• Always garaged by myself and previous owners, driven by myself and previous owners only occasionally and only to local rural small Texas towns and never driven on the freeway.
• The car came with many of the original spare parts which I obtained when purchased are still available including exhaust manifolds, carburetor overhaul kit, new fuel pump, bearings, etc and the tow bar assembly with electrical connection cable.
• The car is in excellent shape and with no signs of rust or abuse
• The convertible top is as made exactly like the original MG in that it connects to slots on the top of the windshield. It is snapped in place all around the car and the side curtains zip into place and also are snapped to the body. This attention to detail in copying the original car was carried throughout the replica. See the replica advertisement below for the original MG which I found on the Internet and one can see the attention to detail. I have had people look at this car (of my age group) and think it is the original car.