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1989 Replica: NOT VW, Proper Front 4 cyl, Full Frame

Sale price: $6,300.00 make an offer

Seller's notes: "Please view the detailed description, photos, and video to see the nice condition of this vehicle."
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Manufacturer: MG
Model: T-Series
Year: 1950
Type: Convertible
Color: White
Mileage: 10,000
Engine: Chevrolet Inline 4 Cylinder, Front Engine
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Trim: 2 door
Interior Color: Brown
Vehicle Title: Clear
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1989 Replica: NOT VW, Proper Front 4 cyl, Full Frame for sale

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1989 Replica: NOT VW, Proper Front 4 cyl, Full Frame Photo
  • 1989 Replica: NOT VW, Proper Front 4 cyl, Full Frame
  • 1989 Replica: NOT VW, Proper Front 4 cyl, Full Frame
  • 1989 Replica: NOT VW, Proper Front 4 cyl, Full Frame
  • 1989 Replica: NOT VW, Proper Front 4 cyl, Full Frame
  • 1989 Replica: NOT VW, Proper Front 4 cyl, Full Frame
  • 1989 Replica: NOT VW, Proper Front 4 cyl, Full Frame
  • 1989 Replica: NOT VW, Proper Front 4 cyl, Full Frame
  • 1989 Replica: NOT VW, Proper Front 4 cyl, Full Frame


For your consideration is this nice condition and nice driving 1989 MG TD convertible replica made by Classic Motor Carriages out of Florida (they purchased FiberFab).   This vehicle has just been professionally detailed and cleaned up.   This is a get in and drive very presentable vehicle that is ready to be enjoyed.   This MG replica is closer to the true thing with having a proper front engine inline four cylinder. rear wheel drive. and a full frame; not a flat four like the VW examples.   The suspension. steering. engine. transmission. differential. and etcetera are from the Chevrolet Chevette but with a special frame.   While the Chevette is the brunt of many jokes now a days. its engine. trans. and drivetrain is very solid and reliable.   Almost 3 million Chevettes were produced so maintenance parts are attainable and can be acquired at local auto parts stores.   Also. parts that are unique to the replica can still be sourced from multiple sources (ex:  http://mgmagic. homestead. com/).  A manual from Classic Motor Carriages with part numbers and assembly information is included as well as a Chevette manual for the drivetrain.

Owner's of these cars state many of the benefits are it costs about ¼ what a true MG TD does. handles better. brakes better. easier to work on. much more reliable. and won't rust!  Also. these Classic Motor Carriages examples are often regarded as the best of the MG TD replicas.   The casual automotive enthusiast would not notice that this is a replica car and a MG enthusiast will have to look for the details.   This car is fun to just cruise in and gets more smiles and waves than any other sports or exotic car I have owned.   Lots of “bang for the buck” in this one.   Please view the video. images. and description below to get a clear idea about this MG TD's condition.


A 6 minute long high definition video is provided to better show the condition of this MG TD.   The video footage was taken within the last two weeks.   To view the video please click play or copy and paste the link.  

http://youtu. be/aMwmmvp_KP4

There are a few different sections to the clip:

1. )  Exterior walk around shows the very nice condition of the body and interior

2. )  Start up showing it start easily on the first try (was mildly warm)

3. )  Driving clip front view showing the front end.   Drives straight and smooth.   Engine sounds healthy!  The microphone is mounted near the rear and the rattle I believe is coming from the wire wheel hubcap on the spare tire.

4. )  Interior driving clip showing the gauges.   Great oil pressure.

 Here is an advertisement from the factory:  https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=o-9OzeV6EJg


70+ high resolution images of this MG TD are hosted via PhotoBucket.   The photos were taken on 10/10/2014.   All of the pictures can be seen by either clicking the slide show below. clicking any of the sample images below. or copying and pasting the web address:

http://s1074. photobucket. com/user/OldSkoolFool83/library/1989%20MG%20TD%20Replica

Images include exterior condition. close ups. interior. engine bay. underbody. and etc.   Please look through all of the images.    To view an even higher resolution version of an image on Photo Bucket. click “Download” under “Media Options” on the right hand side of the screen.


The body on this car is made of fiberglass.   No rust or dings!  The “paint” is actually a gel coat like a boat which is nice as it will not peel or age like paint does.   The white is very presentable.   It is not concourse glossy but has a shine to it and looks nice.   There are no odd textures. over spray. etc. that would commonly be found on traditional finishes.   All the panels on this MG are very nice and do not have significant damage and do not show evidence of repair.   There are some minor nicks here and there from age and use.   The fitment of the panels is nice and it does not look cheap.   The chrome is very presentable. recently detailed. and shows typical aging such as minor pitting.   A tonneau cover is present and in nice condition.   This is probably what most people use for weather protection as it just snaps on very easily and can be stored in the back.   The convertible top and frame is present and in overall nice condition but has some tearing at the corners which could be repaired.   Extra material is included for repair.   The windows are present as well and in nice condition.   A top cover. “boot”. is also present.   It is nice to have all these extra.    The underbody is very nice.   The frame still has its black paint and is extremely solid and straight.   Absolutely no evidence of damage or repair.   It looks like this vehicle was stored in doors most of its life and of course not driven in Wisconsin winters.   Overall this is a very complete body that is extremely presentable!



The interior on this MG replica overall is presentable.   There is not much too it.   Dash is nice as are the gauges.   The seat upholstery is good and lacks excessive wear or rips.   The carpet is fine and shows normal use.   Door panels are good.   The steering wheel is kind of generic but is fine.   Seat belts are present for driver and passenger.



Mechanically this vehicle is overall well sorted and drivers very sweetly.   As stated. parts are still available for the Chevette underpinnings and the Classic Motor Carriages bits.   The engine starts up easily. usually on the second or third attempt.   Let it warm up for a few minutes.   It runs smooth and without issue.   It idles on its own and sounds healthy.   It goes through the RPM range just fine.   No smoking. significant drips. burning. etc.   The exhaust is good.   Some tinkering will be needed for some of the gauges as a new speedometer cable is probably needed. water temp not currently working. and ammeter not currently working.  The speedometer states like 8. 00 miles.  Since it is inoperable I cannot confirm the mileage.  The tachometer. fuel level. and oil pressure gauges work.   There is good oil pressure.   The transmission works appropriately including reverse.   It is a three speed Chevy unit that is automatic.   A manual transmission could be converted in.   The steering is fine.   It looks like the left rear spring or shock might be worn as it is lower in that corner so either the shock or spring might need replacement.   I believe the rear spring is a Chevette part.   The car can still be driven just fine. does not make any odd clunks. etc.   Front shocks are new.   Tires have a good amount of tread. are older. but multiple seasons should be left in them. and match all around.   The brakes are fine and do not seem to need attention.   That about sums it up.    Overall a very nice running and driving machine that does not need much.



As stated. a MG TD replica with a proper inline front 4 cyl. solid rear axle. and full frame is the way to go.   In the MG TD replica world. this is about the closest it gets to the real thing.   This is a very fun machine and one that gets waves. smiles. and positive comments each time it is out.   It is ready to be enjoyed as it is.   This vehicle has a clean title in my name.   As stated. this is a get in and drive vehicle.   Drive it home!  Serious buyers. please contact me with questions.   Calls between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm central time please.



This is a serious auction so please treat it as such.   If you put in an offer. I may ask to speak with you via phone to confirm it is a serious offer.   Putting in an offer or accepting an offer is committing to a contract to purchase this vehicle and all of the following terms.   Buyers with "0" feedback will not be allowed to bid prior to speaking with me via phone.   I have attempted to describe this vehicle very fairly but it is the buyer's responsibility to determine their opinion of the vehicle's condition prior to submitting an offer.   It is recommended possible buyers inspect the vehicle in person prior to bidding but extensive details and pictures have been provided as I understand in person inspection is not always possible.   If a professional pre-purchase inspection is wanted. it should be completed prior to committing to buying through putting in an offer.   Winning bidder must deposit a non-refundable $500 down payment within 48 hours of auction close via Paypal.   Remaining funds must be received no later than two weeks from auction end.   Negative feedback will be given to non-paying buyers and a case via Ebay will be opened.   Vehicle must be picked up no later than two weeks from auction end.   $15 per day fee for extended storage.   Vehicle will not leave nor title signed off until all funds have been received/verified.   Wire transfer. bank check. or cashier's check accepted.   Once auction is over. the vehicle will be kept in appropriate general care by the seller.   Buyer is responsible for insurance once auction has ended.   No warranty is expressed or implied.   Vehicle is sold as is.   Transportation of the vehicle is the buyer's responsibility.   If special circumstances are needed for anything. including time. please contact me.   Thank you for reading through and surviving this lengthy ad!

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