1969 Mk1 Morris Mini Van - Bare Restoration - 50+ pics! For Sale
1969 “H” Reg - Morris Mini Commercial Van
Vehicle of Historic Interest – Road Tax & MOT exempt - sympathetically improved and sensibly upgraded for today's traffic conditions. Pictures above taken 14.09.18.
Owned 6.5 years covering just 300 dry miles. Starts first time, every time. Always eye catching, super handling and a really great experience; it always produces a conversation.
Background: Professional Restoration was undertaken by Mini specialists, using superior parts supplied by Mini Spares North. All documents, receipts and invoices for all the work are available totalling thousands.
Bodywork: The van was completely sand blasted and stripped back to the shell (see gallery). It is in excellent condition, completely rebuilt with all the defective parts either replaced or reconditioned. This included both front wings, both "A" panels, inner and outer sills, front floor both sides and both rear inner wheel arches, rear valance and corners. Both mounting sub-frames have been sandblasted and repainted before refitting, and are in very good condition, with no welding or plates. Once all the welding was complete all the seams were sealed and the underneath was coated with stone chip. The shell was then primed and re-sprayed inside and out in Old English White.
Engine: the original would have been 850cc. This has been replaced with a 1275cc unleaded engine, to keep good speed on today’s roads. No other alterations have been made to the engine, so no boy racer surprises under the bonnet. The engine has, however, been re-sprayed to look authentic for the cars age, and has only done 3000 miles in last 10 years since refurbishment.
Brakes: Original Cooper S 10" brakes have been fitted to the fronts, to help this 50-year-old cope with modern traffic conditions. Both front and rear brake components were totally serviced and fitted with all new copper pipes.
Interior: also of the same stunning standard. The original Mk1/2 seats have been re-covered. The seat covers, door cards and trim (13 piece set) are from Newton Commercials and are period correct for the Van – Monte Carlo trim in Tartan Red. Additionally, the carpets are new, again specifically made by Newton Commercials, specifically ordered to include a custom fitted carpet for the Van rear. Dashboard is fitted with an Original Smith 3-dial binnacle, not usually in the Van variant, but sensible and very fitting. All this is capped with a stylish, period wood effect, steering wheel.
Other Parts: The petrol tank and sender unit are new, as is the complete and genuine RC40 exhaust system, radiator, heater matrix and many other parts. All the chrome and bright work is also new. The road wheels are new, 4.5 inch x 10 inch Minilite diamond cut alloys with gunmetal centres, wrapped in new Falken tyres. The wheels the original 10" size so there has been no invasive cutting into the bodywork or wheel arches, should a return to steel rims ever be preferred in future. These are two other sensible non-period exterior changes, the Halogen H4 headlamp conversion and stainless wipers, but they do give the Van a little bit of extra style.
Note: Common with the MK.1 Minis the doors with external hinges are the only weak area; they require further fettling to improve the fit; gapping is apparent and one door frame kisses the aperture. Insignificant to my pleasure in ownership as they both open, close and lock, but would need attention for a meticulous show enthusiast.
Overall: A super example of a rare vehicle, the very desirable Commercial variant of the earliest marque Mini, with low running costs and great reliability. Huge investment potential, business promotion possibilities and would look great period sign written at Goodwood! We all appreciate the prices commanded by classic commercials and this is ready for the MINI 60th Anniversary in 2019 !
High resolution gallery of 50+ images including in bare metal and 10+ views of the door fit here:
Enquiries: please by e-mail in the first instance, as mobiles and withheld numbers will not be recognised. No dealer offers required.
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