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Re: various topics

To: David Hay <>
Subject: Re: various topics
From: "W. R. Gibbons" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 1996 10:51:06 -0500 (EST)
On Wed, 3 Jan 1996, David Hay wrote:

> Dear fellow constituents,
> I just thought I might share and interesting find.
> About a week or so ago, my mother and I went to some local antique 
> dealers in town (I collect radios and she collects glassware). At one 
> shop I found a beautiful model of a MG TD. It is a cast metal car 
> painted in red and has cream interior. The top is in the folded 
> position and it has silver disc wheels. The car appears to be 1/10th 
> scale and is manufactured by a German company that I can't pronounce 
> and don't remember (sorry). I was wondering if any of you have ever 
> seen this model before, did this company make any other MGs besides the 
> TD, and what can I expect to pay for such a piece of art? I keep 
> thinking about buying it, but.....

Many years ago, I bought my then young son a cast metal Jaguar XK-120, in
approximately 1/12 scale.  The distinguishing feature was that it used
pneumatic tires similar (or identical) to largish model airplane wheels. 
I am pretty sure the steering worked and I seem to remember that there was
a suspension system.  I can't remember the maker, but they also made an
MG-TD model, which is probably what you saw.  I saw one of the TD models
last summer in a display at a car show, but the owner was not there and
the attendant (rightly) would not let me touch it to check the
manufacturer.  I know the owner slightly, she and her spouse are real MG
fanatics, and next time I see her I intend to find out the manufacturer. 
I cannot locate the jag model; I suspect my ex- threw it out (suppressed
anger), or it is in my son's basement buried somewhere. 

The TD and the XK-120 are the only such models I've ever seen.  If they 
are worth a lot, it will motivate my son to look for his.

   Ray Gibbons  Dept. of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
                Univ. of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
        (802) 656-8910

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