Furniture manufacturer Percival Lafer set up a factory in Sao Paulo in 1970 and had a fiberglass-bodied two-seat roadster built on VW Beetle frames. The cars were produced until 1989 in three series -- the original MP, the TI (for Tourism International) and a third that also carried the TI designation but had almost no ornamentation or chrome. All three models took styling cues from the MG-TD and utilizes the folding windscreen from the TD, although the front-hinged doors and rear deck owe more to the Morgan Plus-4. In addition, the first TI version had a more tapered bonnet and body-colored radiator cowl.
The Lafers are nicely appointed, with leather interiors, full carpeting, Brazilian rosewood dashboards, full instrumentation and glass side windows that can either slide down into the doors or be removed along with the rear quarter windows. The 1600cc VW engine has plenty of power for the car's weight, and is reliable and easy to maintain as well.
Mr. Lafer is still active and continues to manufacture furniture, but no longer produces cars.