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In the Garage: 1952 MG TD
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER
1952 MG TD replica owned by Ken Kraft
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
MGs from the ‘40s and ‘50s have been so popular that a host of replica companies cropped up to make copies with more modern chassis and engines, as well as fiberglass bodies. Kraft’s British racing green roadster, known as a Fiberfab Migi II, “uses the chassis, engine and other components of the 1970 Volkswagen Beetle,” he says.
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT
“I purchased the kit in 1980 right around the time when gas prices were on the rise,” he says. Kraft sold his 1963 Corvette roadster to get it.
WHERE HE FOUND IT
“I saw an ad for the kit in a car magazine,” Kraft says, “and once the sales rep brought his car to my house, I was hooked.”
“I assembled this car like a model car from the hobby shop,” he says. “I followed the manual step-by-step – 140 hours – to completion. You can still find parts online as Fiberfab went out of business in 1985.”
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“The pride, self-satisfaction and driving enjoyment are the direct results of the time and effort you put into it,” Kraft advises. “I’d rather be a driver, not a collector.”
While Kraft doesn’t put a value on the MG, he says, “The cost of the kit in 1980 was $5,200, plus another $1,300 for refurbishing the engine, tires, gas lines, brakes, etc.”
THE BOTTOM LINE
“This classic car takes people back to a simpler time in America that I remember growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s,” he says. “My four children were born after I built this car, but they have totally enjoyed driving around in it.”