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MGTD Kit Car With Limo Stretch Is Horrible, Yet Oddly Intriguing

Peter Tanshanomi July 25, 2014 For Sale, Terrible Ideas 14 Comments


The MG-TD was and is a very desirable vehicle. That’s why Fiberfab and other kit car companies successfully sold knockoffs that could be easily bolted to a VW floorplan. Today, those VW-powered kit replicas are largely considered to be, um, “less desirable.” So, what would make it better? The same answer as any other car: a limo stretch! American Eagle Motors in Virginia is offering this “one of a kind” custom stretched Fiberfab TD replica for an undisclosed sum. The price is listed as “Call Us”, so maybe they’re so desperately lonely they’ll give you car just for calling and talking a while. More pics and details after the jump.

Would you want your bride or prom date to show up in this?

As whorable as the whole thing sounds, it actually comes off better than I expected. The workmanship is fairly impressive, including what must have been a nightmarish soft stop design and fabrication process. It looks like it could be a bit of silly fun to ride in. Unfortunately, I can’t get past the scary detail that a stretched VW pan underlies all that length, and all that extra weight is being hauled around with a VW engine and automatic transaxle. I guess it doesn’t matter because you wouldn’t want to go fast enough to ruin the bride’s day by ruffling her expensive hairdo. The dealer’s web page states the following:

1952 MGTD Replica Limo/ Limousine Excellent Condition 1952 MGTD Replica on 1973 VW Beetle frame. Dual port engine 1600 Converted stick shift to automatic transmission – work was done by VW specialist since 1963. I have all the records and phone number to call to verify! The Frame was Extented from 2 door to 4 door This customized limousine holds 2 pass comfortably in the back seat. Intriguing, impressive, custom-made, one-of-a-kind limousine perfect for Weddings or special occasions! This was built for a private owner and they loved every minute of it! Vehicle comes with top Drum brakes in the rear and disc brakes in the front Fiberfab is the company that designed the kit for the vehicle – after-market stretch was completed when was it assembled

American Eagle Motors looks like a very small outfit; they have exactly three cars listed in inventory on their website. You can see the ad .


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  • Prince Halibrand

    Peter: What would you do if you had a neoclassic kit car stretch limo?

    Lawrence: I'll tell you what I'd do, man: two chicks at the same time, man.

    Peter: That's it? If you had a neoclassic kit car stretch limo, you'd do two chicks at the same time?

    Lawrence: Damn straight. I always wanted to do that, man. And I think if I had a neoclassic kit carstretch limo I could hook that up, 'cause chicks dig a dude with a neoclassic kit car stretch limo.

    Peter: Well, not all chicks.

    Lawrence: Well the kind of chicks that'd double up on a dude like me do.

    Peter: Good point.

  • Sjalabais

    Doesn't look so incredibly one-off to me – the streets of Prague are full of similar cars, with just as garish soft tops.

    That said…wouldn't really want to be seen in it. Especially with Lawrence.

  • Van_Sarockin

    This 'ad' is a total lie. VW is just surrepticiously test marketing their new Phaeton.

  • FЯeeMan

    Does this answer the question of "What was the last 4-door convertible made?"

    And I agree, it is both horrifying and intriguing all at the same time.

    • I'm thinking the late '60s Continental, unless the K-Car LeBaron could be had with 4 doors and a ragtop.

      But, no. This thing only raises more questions, and answers none.

  • wisc47

    Purchase price includes a top hat, a sack with a dollar sign, a monocle, and a devious butler.

  • Number_Six

    "I did not deserve this."
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    • JayP2112

      In the late 50's VW was working to build a new car, the Type 3. VW kept it secret by using Beetles to run prototypes.
      This led to many people guessing the new car was a 4 door Beetle.

      This is the kinda of stuff I retain but have to make a list to recall the 3 things I need to buy at Target.

      • I know that feeling well.

  • John Young

    No. Just no.

  • Well, with the car being possibly available free of charge, surely this is an immediate LeMons IOE winner?

    A rethink of the roof arrangement may be necessary, though.

    • No need for a different top, just a slightly better roll cage and a set of arm restraints.

      • Sjalabais

        I'd like to see this thing roll, indeed.