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  • #233848
    Olimon Ricardo
    Participant

    @calafer

    MP Lafers were manufactured and assembled at the Lafer factory in Brazil

    (Photos courtesy of Eduardo Batelli from M. Pioneira in Sao Paulo, Brazil)

    Partial view of the factory assembly area..

    …another view…( I count @24 cars in between both of these photos! )

    … what may have been one of the first prototypes as

    shown at a 1972 Auto show (notice the suicide doors)…

    ..and another from a 1974 Auto Show (still having the suicide doors)..

    #248042
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    wicked cool.

    Love the wheels on those things too.

    #248043
    ray10
    Participant

    @ray10

    i’m with you ed I like the way they covered the spare tire.

    TDREPLICA Map

    http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=7f9174ad614e43b680deba085b0abf48

    #248044
    Bill Gould
    Participant

    @texag71

    Actually, Ray, the spare is up front, stored in a vertical well under the left side of what would be the bonnet in a real MG-TD. The gas tank (or fuel cell in my case) is on the right side, I suppose for better weight distribution. The “spare” in back let Lafer accommodate and ventilate the VW engine while approximating the original TD’s body proportions, although I have seen photos on the Lafer website that indicate some owners cut that off and mounted a real wheel & tire back there. No idea what’s going on with that front bumper, though.

    I found that third photo especially interesting. In addition to the suicide doors, it has an upright TD-style grille that’s body-colored, like the later TI model, instead of chromed. The wheels on the TI are different, too, although my spare has the original wheel.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #248045
    Bill Gould
    Participant

    @texag71

    Apparently, the original Lafer wheels are still available:

    http://batellimplafer.fotoblog.uol.com.br/lastPeriod.html

    TexAg7140884.6678935185

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #248046
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    What a terrific bit of history here!

    Thanks for sharing these!

    And for the record…I’m very happy that big smiling bumper from the 1972 prototype did NOT make it to production!

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #248047
    Royal
    Participant

    @royal

    I kinda like those wheels but can’t get the link to work.  I’m probably just dreaming since I doubt I could afford them anyway.

    #248048
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    I tried to fix the link in Bill’s post.
    It had an extra http:// at the front.
    But still goes to a dead page

    PMOSSBERG40883.8721064815

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #248049
    Royal
    Participant

    @royal

    I couldn’t figure the link out either.  Probably best that I do not know that the wheels are on a once in a lifetime super-sale, never to be repeated.  Christmas with all the grandkids is expensive (and they wouldn’t understand).

    #248050
    Olimon Ricardo
    Participant

    @calafer

    There is a brazilian website called mercodolivre where they advertise many

    Lafer parts include some wheels in case anyone wants to see what’s out

    there.

    http://lista.mercadolivre.com.br/lafer

    #248051
    Bill Gould
    Participant

    @texag71

    Sorry, guys. I’ve edited my earlier post with a different Batelli link. I should point out that they’re probably 14-inchers, too. Mine are, anyway.TexAg7140885.738275463

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

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