MG TF1500 Recreation.HARPER ROSCOE TF1800 STUNNING CONDITION EX SHOW CAR
Sale price: £14,995.00 make an offer
Pending offersDate: 2014-12-06
JOHN PICKERSGILL (from horsham, sussex.) offered 140 usd
Pete (from Cambridge/UK) offered 10500 usd
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MG TF1500 Recreation.HARPER ROSCOE TF1800 STUNNING CONDITION EX SHOW CAR for sale
The stunningly beautiful car you see is a Harper Roscoe TF1800 . A very faithful recreation of one of the prettiest MG's ever made . the 1953 TF1500.
The car was factory made in 1983 by a company called Arden and Bull Ltd who were BL main dealers .
Two of the directors started harper roscoe cars ltd . a company set up solely to manufacture and market a replica of the mg tf based on the then modern
MGB mechanical components.
The bodies were made in USA and were fitted to harpers own steel ladder chassis . tilising the MGB font crossmember together with all mgb
engines suspension steering and drivetrain.
What emerged was a dimensionally perfect copy of the '53 Tf with bullet proof mechanicals and rust free bodywork.
The factory made just 4 cars and went into receivership. It seemed the cars were so well engineered that even at the princely sum of £12500 each
(the same price as a new morgan) they made a loss on every car sold.
Although the cars were made from all new body panels and chassis . some of the mechanical parts were reconditioned or nos. therefore dvla
would not allow them to be registered as new so all 4 vehicle were allocated "Q"plates.
Q224 GBU was the first car made. It served as factory demonstrator . featured on all sales literature and brochures and was reputedly exhibited
at the 1983 Earls Court Motor show.
I acquired the car in 2001 . at that time the previous 6 owners had racked up the amazing total of just 12. 00 miles. the car was however not in very
good order. The paintwork was tired and the mechanical condition was not good through lack of use. The upholstery was faded and worn .
I set about a program of repair . enewal and upgrade which has been on going for 12 years ! including the following;
ENGINE: Fully reconditioned with unleaded head. eground crank. ew shells. alanced and lightened flywheel.
rebored with new pistons . new camshaft. followers. springs and valves.
new timing gear. il pump. lternator. istributor. il cooler.
FUEL SYSTEM; Recon hs4 su's. new solid state electronic pump. ew custom made aluminium fuel tank. ew sender. br> Braided fuel lines and filters.
COOLING SYSYTEM; Recored radiator . ew water pump. enlowe fan controller and electric fan. ew hoses and belts.
TRANSMISSION; Recond gearbox (had it done twice . asnt happy with it first time) all syncro with overdrive on 3rd and 4th. new clutch and slave cylinder.
Recon back axle .
SUSPENSION BRAKES ; Rear suspension conversion with adjustable telescopic dampers . new leaf springs and shackles
new front calipers and rear cylinders . master cylinder overhaul. new copper and flexi pipes all round.
BODYWORK; Body off restoration. all panels stripped and refinished BL old english white and std black (and about 15 coats clear lacquer)
new bumper overriders (tf parts from moss). rechromed screen surround and pillars . ew toughened screen.
INTERIOR; Re trimmed throughout with Muirhead green leather. new carpets . Re worked dashboard with period dials and switches .
fitted woodrimmed steering wheel push button starter.
GENERAL; Custom made stainless steel exhaust . Chassis cleaned and finished in black hammerite. 4 new tyres (fitted 2012).
The car has its original chrome wire wheels and spinners which are in excellent order . ull wet weather gear with folding hood
in a heavy black canvas material piped in green to match the interior and clip in side screens (perfect copies of the TF originals).
The period of works has been ongoing since 2002 during which time the car has done less than 5000 dry miles. The body and interior refurb
was done first and has patinated well . The works are supported by photos and receipts. Whilst most of the labour was mine . all the specialist
works have been done by local independent tradesmen . ll being done to my very exacting standards.
I set out to make the car beautiful but not just a show piece so all the greasy bits had to work well . be reliable and easy to maintain
and fun to drive with good performance . roadholding and creature comforts.
I now find with failing eyesight . air and teeth . I am not enjoying crawling around cars like I used to and with the inevitable growing
list of little jobs that will constantly need doing on these old cars I think its time to hang up my overalls and pass the mantle to some one
keen to be the next custodian of my precious little car.
How to value the car? . well if you'd have bought the morgan in 1983 and done 16k miles it would be worth £20k+
A genuine TF in this condition would be worth £25k+ but would be dearer to maintained and a lot less fun to drive. /p>
I suppose the closest comparison would be the Naylor TF1700 with the doors that open the wrong way and that AWFUL O series
1700 engine. at anywhere between £13-£16k.
The only precedent for the actual car is car number 003 sold by Peter Edney MG in 2011 which was being offered at £13995.
A car I know well as I met the previous owner and my car outshone his in every way!
With the car comes a huge history file of letters documents and photos. racing the story of the car and its past owners. I also have
magazine articles and copies of the original marketing brochures and press photos featuring my actual car. Together with
manuals. handbooks . parts lists etc. in all. a small suitcase full!
The car is currently taxed mot'd and ready to use but it does need a couple of niggling little jobs done to make perfect which are;
temp and fuel gauges are a bit temperamental . the carbs need setting up and balancing . Hood needs stretching
(a couple of sunday afternoon jobs).
PLEASE READ THE NEXT BIT CAREFULLY;
I don't need to sell the car but I want it to be enjoyed by a new caring owner. so no silly offers and if I were to be tempted to p/x
it would need to be something really special and in show or concourse condition. (or an e type. ).
If you read this ad and have. or know someone who has a Harper Roscoe . please let me know as I currently
only know of the whereabouts of one of the other 3 cars and would dearly love to put all the owners in touch
with one another. this would have the makings of one of the worlds most exclusive owners clubs!!
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Comments and questions to the seller:from Les, dated 23 november 2015
Is this car still for sale?
from Bob, dated 30 june 2015
I thought this car was sold some time ago - but if it is still for sale I would very much like to make an offer (probably after a few questions first, though).
from Mr T.Heath, dated 26 february 2015
Harper Roscoe TF1800.
Never know on google whether these are old postings. Is this ad still current as of 26/02/15. Thanks
from Robin, dated 01 january 2015
Q604 GBU in red was spotted here today:
from Michael, dated 03 december 2014
Question what had not yet been brought into experience so far is the body made of plastic or sheet metal?
Thanks and regards
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