John Webber
John Webber
2/27/14 9:37 a.m.

Central Florida car enthusiast John Leary has owned dozens of sports cars, many from England. These days he owns five, including an early Mini Cooper S, a Sunbeam Tiger, and a couple of Midgets modified for the track. But of the Brit cars currently in his fleet, the one that gets the most offers from would-be buyers was built from a kit. That’s right, it’s a fiberglass MG TF replica. Before you replica-bashers start shaking your heads and rolling your eyes, this one is different. Really.

This is no TF wheezer with a VW engine hanging off the rear and ballast in the front. This is a well-balanced, high-quality kit car built from MG parts. On the outside, it’s pretty much a dead ringer for a TF. Underneath the glass, it’s all MGB. Victor Replicars, the manufacturer of this kit, advertised it this way: “It’s everything the TF ever was ... and better.”

From the way this roadster looks and drives today, that statement wasn’t all hype.

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