TD London Replica
1987 MG TD London Replica
1987 MG TD London Replica
The London Roadster was conceived in Dearborn, Michigan, where it was manufactured. The Roadster was designed to fill a desire held by countless Americans for time on end. An American built open air sports car of distinction. London Roadsters were built on both VW and custom frames.
Offered for consignment a London company MG TD replica of a 1953 version of this model. Powered by a rear engine VW, and sitting on a square steel tube stock chassis, it's a very nice looking example of the '53 TD. All fiberglass body, nice paint, and of course no rust to deal with, and a reliable VW 1600cc engine to push you along on your tool through the windy roads ahead, offering up just a cracking time mate!
A view from the side shows the sexy curved lines produced by the cowled hood front, rear hinged low profile doors, and beautifully designed rear. On this body are the fender and running board attachments which start up front just above the shiny bumper, and curve lazily upward barely touching the chromed headlights that flank the front chromed radiator surround and grille. At their crescendo, a turn signal light is mounted on, then they begin their slow approach to the running board which becomes level way rearward, just below the suicide doors. We are preparing to go back up again on the back fender where it takes a much more aggressive ascent with its C curve, reaching its peak just below the rear tonneau cover, then artfully heading downward to gracefully frame the body rear trunk (hiding the VW engine) and rear mounted full spare tire. At the bottom it greets the bumper which curves around the bottom of the back of this car. These lovely fenders and running board provide the framing for 15-inch chromed wire wheels with solid center caps, and just a hint of the red brakes that reside behind the wheels on all 4 corners. All this fiberglass body sex is bathed in red and it is fairly deep. A white canvas convertible top is available for the cooler drive times, and operates flawlessly, although manually.
Those short doors swing rearward on their back hinges and reveal red vinyl crafted with stitched panels and large pouch and screw fastened to the interior of the doors. A red tuck and roll bench in shiny vinyl stretches from door to door and is fronted by an eyebrow curved wood dash. Here, instruments pepper the wood and offer up important running data from the engine, as well as speed. On the passenger side is a Sony AM/FM/Cassette player is neatly mounted within the wood dash. Beautiful thick pile red carpet floods the floors where we note the shifter and handbrake on the hump in the center of the bench. A dash mounted mirror is in the middle of the eyebrows, and a wood 3 spoked drilled chrome and wood surrounded steering wheel presents itself to the driver on the left hand side. Under the faux cowled hood is more red carpeted storage space.
Power comes from the rear in the form of a 1600cc VW engine, which is looking nice and clean and well maintained. It is fed fossils by a 1-barrel Solex carburetor and has a 4-speed manual transmission on the back. Ferrari badged chromed tips cover 4 exhaust outlets, which are stationed just below the rear bumper.
Very simply put, simple! Framework is square stock steel tubing and plenty of rust-free steel panels to cover the entire bottom of this car. Up front Mustang II suspension is installed, and on back independent coil springs are providing the ride. Disc brakes for the front, and drums for the rear...STOP!
Even the throaty exhaust makes you feel like you are behind the wheel of an original, and it drives beautifully. Handles great, has decent acceleration, and shifts smoothly. Braking is bias free on the panic stop, and it has plenty of room behind the wheel for a “normal” sized driver.
With its beautifully molded fiberglass lines, red paint and white accenting, along with those necessary wire wheels we could be in MG TD 1953 heaven. But we also have the reliability and ease of wrenching of the 1600cc VW drivetrain and no Lucas electrics!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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