This is a very early 1275 GT Mini rolling shell project with a lot of the components to refurbish and finish it.
It has a BMIHT certificate in my name to verify its authenticity as a 1275 GT. It was built on the 12th of May 1970. It is also noted to have had an engine change before it left the factory so may have been an earlier car. They started building these late in 1969 but because of production problems hardly any left until 1970. This makes it H registration so the earliest possible model/year for a 1275GT and legal on a black number plate. It has the chassis tags still attached to the car, the correct type of engine and gearbox with an engine number plate with the matching number. It also comes with correspondence from the DVLA confirming the year and registration but requesting an inspection when it's a complete car again to verify the registration; this is standard practice with DVLA now.
The Shell: Has been used for a number of years as a competition car and although it's had some modifications it has also meant it's in solid condition and very restorable. It is the correct type of hydrolastic shell with a remote change floor, hole in the back seat and holes for a brake servo in the RH inner wing. These shells are identical too (apart from the front end) and were made next to the MK3 Copper S shells on the production line. It has had welding and repairs but quite a lot is original and overall it's not too bad for a Mini of its age. It's still got its headlining and door bins and sunroof surround. It was originally Black - best colour. It will however need a lot of work to put it right but all the relevant panels are available from the usual suppliers. There is rust and I have many more pictures of the shell should you require them. There are still a few competition parts bolted in the shell but these will be removed before collection and are not included.
Engine: This is the correct Austin ADO16 type of engine. It comes un-rebuilt but complete and is stuck with standing. Most of the ancillaries and brackets are there - see pictures. There is a second correct remote change type of gearbox with the early low ratio diff they only fitted on early cars. There is a new engine number plate with correct matching number.
Chassis: Has two reasonable subframes but these are the dry type and the shell would originally have had the wet type of subframes. Chassis is rolling and has correct Girling disc brakes for the 10 inch wheels. Rear dampers in the pictures are not included. Comes with correct type remote brake servo and brackets and sufficient suspension components to move it about on.
The doors have been lightened and are not included in the sale as they won't be any use in a straight restoration. All the glass is included and seems good. The sunroof has been replaced with a bit of plywood but the surround is still in place with the headlining.
This is a good project with a value currently exceeding £20k when complete there is a latter fully restore one on here at £29K. Yes there is a lot of work but these early cars are rare and prices are climbing. Look what happened to MK3 Copper S prices and there are probably less of these surviving. "How many left" is showing 5 for 1970.
Price is pretty much firm look at the other prices on here and this is an early early car! It rolls and I can help with loading.
Viewing by appointment; it's in storage some distance from my home address so I need some notice to arrange. Please don't ring after 8pm at night.
I may be interested in swaps for a similar value or PX plus cash. Would swap for an up and running Imp preferably a modified one or a classic bike.
This car was initially recommissioned as a show car in 2013 and won second price in the Festival of Motoring for Best Saloon from 1980 Onwards.
It was originally a maroon red 1000cc automatic saloon,.....