First registered 'BUV 212H', this 1970 Mini was originally built by Wood & Pickett and re-shelled in the late 1980s/early 1990s using as many of the donor car's components as possible, including the Mercedes-Benz headlight units, a rare option. It is believed that these were fitted only to actor Omar Sharif's Margrave and one other car. The roof has been de-seamed, as per the original Wood & Pickett Minis, and there are twin fuel tanks and an electric pump.
This Margrave is fitted with a 1,380cc engine incorporating a Steve Harris big-valve cylinder head, twin 1˝" SU carburettors, and a long centre branch exhaust manifold. Power is transmitted via a Jack Knight five-speed gearbox, while other noteworthy features include adjustable Spax gas dampers, 6Jx10" Revolution alloy wheels, Mini Cooper front disc brakes, and Superfin alloy rear drums.
The interior's rear seats have been specially made to match the front bucket seats, which have been re-trimmed in Connolly hide. It has Wilton carpeting, with sound deadening material underneath. Air conditioning, rarely seen in Minis, is another interesting feature, as are the tinted side windows and top-tinted windscreen. The front windows are electrically operated. 'BUV 212H' was in storage for 18 years until recently. Presented in generally excellent condition, it represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire one of these exclusive and much sought after bespoke Minis. Included in the file for the car is an appraisal by Wood & Pickett confirming that the parts fitted are theirs and original from the 1970s.
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