The MP Lafer was an automobile built in Brazil by Lafer S.A. beginning in 1974. Created by Percival Lafer, a furniture manufacturer, the MP Lafer was a fiberglass-bodied two-seat roadster that took its styling cues from the classic British sports cars of the 1940s and early '50s, with a strong resemblance to the MG T-series and Morgan Plus 4. Unlike those, however, its chassis, engine, manual transmission, steering and suspension were from the Volkswagen Beetle (known as the Fusca in Brazil). Although the stock VW Type 1 four-cylinder made it somewhat underpowered, the MP Lafer became a sought-after car in its time. Approximately 4,300 were built over the MP Lafer's 16-year production span. The Lafer was available in two models—the classic MP and the more modern TI, introduced in March 1984. Some 1,000 were exported, most to Europe but some to the United States.