February 10, 2009 at 6:47 pm #232533robert rodgersParticipant
New on this forum. I’m looking for a nice td replica in excellant condition. My question is what should I pay and does anyone have such a car for sale?February 10, 2009 at 6:57 pm #238226Paul MossbergKeymaster
Welcome to the TD forum.
Price (like beauty) is in the eye (checkbook?) of the beholder. But I think it’s safe to say that most well finished TD kits will sell around the $5,000 range.
I’ve seen ’em advertised for $20k, but don’t recall ever seeing one sell for that.
On the other end, we’ve heard stories on this forum of folks finding real deals for under $2,000.
So how’s that for a range…$2000 to $5000?
I’m sure you will soon see other opinions!
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)February 10, 2009 at 10:09 pm #238227GeoffreyParticipant
There are many types of kits, and many grades of quality.
You have to decide if you like front or rear engine kits, also then dicide on a manufacturer.
As far as front engine kits, they come on different platforms(chevette, pinto, mustang etc.) and also engines (usually 4 or 6 cylinder, but I have also seen some v8s too) Not to mention most are built by the “average Joe” so quality and craftsmanship can come into play.
I agree with Paul but I think for a replica in excellent condition you might be looking more in the 6-10K range. Just my opinion though, I know there are definitely some great deals out ther right now, especially in this econemy!
Worst case scenario, buy a “fixer upper’ and make her the way you want her. Thats probably the most economic and most fun way to do it. Either way, I wish you luck in finding your perfect MG!
GeoffFebruary 11, 2009 at 8:25 am #238228
Welcome to the Forum. I have to say that the info you will get from the club veterans is quite accurate. I have seen only one actual sale over $7K in the last several months. On the other hand I have seen few replicas for sale that match the condition and quality that you will find in the best of our members gallery. I don’t want to single any out and hurt any other members feelings, but look ’em over and you be the judge.
I have to agree with Geoff that if some of those cars hit the market they’d be asking and getting $10K or more.
I fortunately happen to be one of the lucky ones that broke the $2K to $10K range (on the low end!). Haven’t seen another deal like it, but you never know. I’m always browsing around, so if you let me know what state you’re in, I’ll keep an eye out for you.
RichFebruary 11, 2009 at 10:32 am #238229Mark HendricksonParticipant
Hey Captain Bob…
Several things to consider are:
1. The make of the kit (some were very high quality/some were not great quality)
2. Who built the car (professional builder/backyard mechanic)
3. How the car it titled (VERY IMPORTANT). This often causes the biggest headache of getting it registered and on the road.
4. What is the kit donor car: VW, Ford (Pinto), GM (Chevette)
5. Were the donor car parts just cleaned and used or replaced with new or rebuilt parts.
6. Is the car completed or does it still require finishing.
7. Are all the parts there (most parts are no longer available as the last TD kit producer stopped making them almost 20 years ago.
Depending on how the above (and other factors) shape up determines a fair price for the cars. The $2,000-$5,000 is an accurate range for the average kit. We have members whose cars are show quality pieces that would bring higher prices, but these cars are rare.
In the end you buy what you want for whatever price, but a forum like this is great to advise you on getting a fair deal. Too many people buy first only to find “disappointing” facts afterwards.
If you are looking for a high quality car that requires some re-assembly, I might be selling my British Coach Works Chevette based TD. If you are looking for a turn-key car check out the classified on our site. I’m not a fan of eBay, but there’s a place to look also.
Welcome and Good Luck.
Pink MG39856.6517013889February 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm #238230GeoffreyParticipant
I was bored and cruising Ebay. I noticed 2 different kits. Both are nice and both are VW based MGs.
Item number: 320340197713,in Eugene Oregon and Item number: 110350623931 in Kensington MD. Check em’ out if you get a chance both are still under $1,000 but have a lot of time left still.February 12, 2009 at 4:06 pm #238231Mark HendricksonParticipant
I was bored too. So, today there are 3 TD replicas listed on eBay. However, they are all incorrectly listed under the MG heading. Not one TD is listed in the Kit/Replicar area.
They usually do this intentionally if they are dealers (which at least one of the listings is). It may be a dumb mistake for the private owners, but misleading just the same.
This is why I don’t like eBay. I bought two vehicles on eBay and had MAJOR problems with both. Both vehicles were blatantly misrepresented both in the pictures and descriptions. When reported to eBay they did absolutely nothing. The sellers just changed their usernames and continue to do business there too. I got stuck with two POS’s.
In my opinion, eBay is a good place to “check the market”, but my luck has been terrible as far as vehilce purchases go. I now think eBay is the “last resort” venue to sell vehicles.February 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm #238232
I’m finding that if I search Ebay using MG T Series, I always seem to catch a few that I didn’t see in other searches.
Check this one out. Don’t know where you’re located, but if you are in the vicinity of Maryland, you might want to look it over. Allison kits are really well built replicas.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/MG-T-Series-MG-TD-1951-MG-TD- Kit-Car-Very-Clean-Ready-To-Drive_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategory Z31858QQihZ001QQitemZ110350623931QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW
RichFebruary 13, 2009 at 7:18 pm #238233Larry MurphyParticipant
Hi Everyone, I agree that Allisons are great replicas and this one is really nice ,however the info states transmission ”unspecified” and in the interior pics I notice a wide brake pedal and no clutch pedal. Looks like an auto stick shift to me.If that is acceptable to the buyer. OK,but it should have been clearly stated in the ad.February 14, 2009 at 7:41 am #238234
Wow, good catch!! I sent the seller a question to flush this out for all to see.
RichFebruary 14, 2009 at 9:46 am #238235
Also, weight is indicated at 3700 lbs. Is that correct? That’s ~ 1700 lbs more than my FiberFab and mine has a V6. Just curious.
RichFebruary 14, 2009 at 11:09 am #238236Larry MurphyParticipant
Rich, I don’t see the 3700 lbs ,but thats waay too much. I see that the seller has now added additional info which states that the car is a auto stick. My son’s first car was a 70 VW auto stick that his grandfather bought not knowing the difference. Later when the trans gave up the ghost, we were going to have it changed to a 4 speed at a local VW independent garage but when the mechanic saw that there was no tube in the car body for the clutch cable ,he refused to do the swap. He was afraid he would not get the tube at the correct location or angle to work properly.Perhaps someone else has ran into this , and it may be that it is not as big a deal as our guy made it out to be. It could end up being a big factor as to the value or the desirability depending on the buyers preference.February 14, 2009 at 5:34 pm #238237
I sent the seller a question as to whether it was an auto/stick. Glad to see he took the high road and added it to the info.
I was a Bug fanatic in the late sixties and early seventies. I owned a 65 microbus, 66 Bug, two 67 convertibles and a 73 Super Beetle. I never owned a Auto Stick Shift. Always seemed like a solution to a problem that nobody had. Never thought about the “tunnel” problem. Knowing what I know about that floor construction and the infamous tunnel, that could be a major pain!
The weight is indicated in the copy of the title. I couldn’t see how it could be right unless they put lead in the tires instead of air
RichFebruary 16, 2009 at 7:29 am #238238
Gotta check this one out. An Electric powered TD! Wierd!!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___VW-MG-ELECRTIC- CAR-WITH-1-6L-DIESEL-ENGINES-ALSO_W0QQitemZ110352145459QQddn ZCarsQ20Q26Q20TrucksQQddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Cars_Tru cks?hash=item110352145459&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trk parms=65%3A3%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318
RichFebruary 16, 2009 at 10:24 am #238239Mel ZeigerParticipant
That is a unique vehicle, probably well ahead of it’s time.March 10, 2009 at 11:23 am #238240Rick SchwarzParticipant
Hey Bob ,
I will have one together in about a month , I live in the Reno,Nv area,if you would like some pictures please let me know ,its a 1952 MGTD Fiberfab kit VW that the original buyer never finished, everything was sitting in boxes for 15 years .
Here is my e-mail if you want to see the pictures, it will be up for around $ 7,000.
Rick 775-575-0281March 15, 2009 at 8:07 pm #238241
Here’s a BCW kit that just sold . I have to say I thought it would bring more money. The guys at Barrett-Jackson would describe this as “Well Bought”
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