1972 Mini 1275 GT For Sale
In mint, standard condition after a 3 year bare metal, professional restoration using exclusively BL Heritage panels where needed, my classic Mini 1275 GT is now up for sale. Finished in it’s original Bronze Yellow with correct early Navy Blue basket weave interior, this is a 4 owner, ‘dry’ suspension, remote gear change car showing a credible 88,500 miles that has been the subject of media blasting, endless new Heritage body panels (all very carefully welded in after shell bracing and plasma cutter removal of the old ones) by a bodyshell specialist who did a fantastic and thorough job. This was followed by professional preparation and painting in it’s factory colour Bronze Yellow - the model’s fantastic sports launch colour that is so ‘70s BL. It could not be more period, correct or attractive. Full 67 picture photographic record of it's progress from tired, hand-painted car at purchase through to beautiful, concours standard stunner with an immediately agreed Insurance valuation of £30,000. Large file of bills, MOT, V5, 2 sets of keys, books etc. This is one of the earliest 1275 GTs to feature the preferred dry suspension yet still combine all the model’s key launch features (10” Rostyles, early remote change/round tunnel, basket weave interior etc.), an iconic specification that I believe lasted just the 1 model year before the Accountants moved in and it became a more mainstream model. Originality has been preserved wherever possible and practical with most of the interior, sub frames, suspension, running gear and engine/gearbox being overhauled as required and refitted. Complete with jack, tools and retaining all it's original commission, VIN, engine and body numbers, it is entirely standard bar twin SUs for better performance, alternator, genuine 1970s Moto-Lita wheel, LCB/RC40 exhaust and much improved Rover Mini soundproofing on the bulkhead/arches hidden behind all new Navy carpets, facia rolls, period headlining, door and screen seals etc. The bumpers have been re-chromed and the 5 Rostyle wheels refinished in the correct Dark Silver and fitted with 5 new tyres, so the car really is spot-on. It's simply stunning. The car has done circa 100 miles since recommissioning and MOT so is box-fresh. It performs brilliantly with great performance and spot on steering/handling. The car was built to be a beautiful show piece but also to be 100% usable, hence great trouble was taken with shell strength, shut lines, sound insulation, proper rust/stone chip protection and for example, even reinforcing the jacking points correctly - these have all the (often omitted) strengthening webs/gussets you cannot see properly welded in behind the outer sills so the car’s jack could be safely used to change a wheel for example. Rust is what kills classic Minis but this car’s shell is now totally solid with new metal everywhere and set for hopefully another 47 years - it's probably stronger than new now. Note that only media blasting revealed that a car with recent MOT could actually absorb 27 new panels to be truly rust and filler free. Beware of cheap imitations or miraculous looking older cars, they won't be this good. Built to last like a galvanised Porsche or Audi they were not! Today a 1275 GT is over 5 times more rare than a Cooper S with just 172 compared to 940 (combined Austin + Morris total) still on the road according to HowManyLeft.com, so this exceptional example is a really great investment and a joy to behold. It has been a costly but satisfying 3 year labour of love and I’m enormously proud of the result so must thank all the specialists and parts suppliers involved - it’s now concours. Call 07584 059300 for more information on this mint 1275 GT that’s just about as close to 1972 new as it’s possible to get.
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