Unfortunately many replicar companies cut corners using parts
such as the lights that were not authentic MGTD. I do not want
to be critical of any of the other kits, since beauty is truly in the
eye of the beholder, especially when it comes to a car that you
built yourself and put your heart and soul into. Rather, I would
recommend that you find a British Coach Works car like I have
if you are looking for authenticity. BCW made both front and
rear engine kits. The fiberglass parts were of exceptional
quality and came from the factory trimmed and predrilled.
Practically all the accesory/trim parts on the car, other than the
fiberglass body panels, were original MGTD parts purchased
from Moss motors, a supplier of replacement TD parts. BCW
used the following original TD parts, windshield, front and rear
lights, bumpers, fender mirrors, license lamp, door handles,
hood support, door hinges, grill, rubber trim, and others.
Original TD body panels were used to make all the body molds
used for the fiberglass. BCW’s also have a real spare tire
unlike some kits.
The BCW company prided itself on making an authentic TD kit.
My father and I choose to build a BCW over other kits 20 years
ago because of this, and I feel that it was an extremely honest
advertisement. If I were to do it all over again, I would chose
BCW again, albeit I would probably build a front engine model
instead. Hope that helps.