2021 Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction
Lot
137

1989 TD 2000 Roadster

$40,500

Melbourne

Sold

Specifications

Engine 1974cc four-cylinder
Gearbox Five-Speed Manual
Body Work Roadster
Colour British Racing Green
Interior Beige
Trim Leather
Wheels Wire-Spoked
Brakes Disc/Disc

Description

This lot is no longer available

Evoking the memory of MG’s classic T-series, the TD 2000 dates back to 1984 when Australian automotive dealer Ross Marshall had the opportunity to acquire the original TD tooling from the United States. Marshall spent several years developing a replica based around the running gear from Nissan's Pulsar, but got no further than a single prototype before the recession intervened and ultimately the business was sold to Australian Classic Cars in 1987. A second-generation TD 2000 appeared at the 1988 Sydney International Motor Show, with production commencing in the Victorian country town of Ararat shortly afterwards. Financial trouble later saw yet another change of ownership, with A F Gason taking over the mantle and producing an estimated 70 or so TD 2000s in Australia. Plans to export the TD to Japan, where the market for retro cars was booming, came unstuck as financial difficulties once again got in the way and production shifted to Malaysia in 1998, when a group of local entrepreneurs took over the rights to the name and tooling. Contemporary reports of the Australian-made TD 2000 sang its praises for its high build quality and properly developed chassis (with former HDT engineers making the most of the proprietary Nissan suspension componentry). But it is the combination of modern safety features and ease of driving with its traditional 'wind in the hair' ‘classic’ driving experience that gives the TD 2000 its unique appeal.

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