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The Almac Story, Part Three

The TC/TD is Born - Patrick Harlow 

The Cobra was selling so well Alex decided to add another model to his marque. This time it would be more of his own design. The intention was that this car would be cheaper and easier to build than its big brother.Plywood buck for the TC starts to take shape Due to the success of the Cobra he was a little reluctant to move into uncharted territory so he stuck with the retro them and designed a car inspired by the MG TC\TD. It was never intended to be a replica so no measurements match the original and the car was designed to fit a Triumph Herald chassis. Shown close to its final shape the TC buck was built almost entirely in Alex's backyardThe Almac TC was released to the public in 1986 and by New Zealand kit car standards could be called a success with 25 kits being sold in two years. Although the car had spaces to allow the fitting of Almac badges on the grill surround and the boot several buyers filled them in and fitted MG badges. 

It was around about this time that Alex hired more staff to build turnkey models, such was public demand. However it was after building up a couple of these he became aware of its limitations. ALMAC TCThe Herald chassis was getting old, most were rusty and there was a limit in the size of engine that you could put into them. Thus it was that late in 1988 the TC ended production and work began on the car that would be called the TG. A major difference between the TC and the TG was that the TG would have an Almac designed chassis and would be based on a modern donor car the Holden Gemini. With this kit Alex addressed all the shortcomings of the TC and the kit could be bought in a box. Almac TGIn the box was everything that the builder needed to complete the car including every nut and bolt. The car went on sale during 1989 and was visually the same as the TC other than the fact that the fibreglass radiator surround had now been replaced by one made from stainless steel and the car now had bumpers. Another Almac TG with soft top fittedfeature was a hardtop although this could be retrofitted to earlier models. Strangely enough this model did not sell as well as its predecessor and demand tapered off after only another 16 or so had been made.

Now retired from production, Almac can still supply replacement panels for cars that are already on the road.