Up for sale is my 1968 Austin Mini Mk2. It is very original, in good condition and has a new MOT and a recent service. It is a UK car that was exported to Ireland in 2008. I spotted it while on holiday and brought it back with me. Its original English plate, NOVA has been done along with a new MOT as well for the re-registration process.
This is actually an early Mk2 and was built on 4th October 1967, which would make it one of the first batches of the Mk2 Mini. It was despatched on the 2nd November 1967 to Bridge Clock Motors in Coventry and was registered in January 1968. Colour was Maroon with a Sandy Beige interior which is its current colour scheme. As it is a Super-de-Luxe spec it was fitted with a “Fresh air heater” and the larger 998cc engine.
I’ve ordered the factory build record from the Heritage Trust and the chassis number matches. The chassis no states that this example was built at Longbridge. And on the dating side the wiper motor is stamped September 67. The Commission Number also matches the Heritage cert. The engine number plate is sadly missing, but the Irish log book has an engine number which matches the Heritage cert, so the engine is possibly matching. But that would need further investigation.
The Mini starts first time on the choke and settles down to a nice idle. It drives really good with the engine holding good oil pressure. The gearbox changes nicely and the clutch doesn’t judder. Brakes perform as you’d expect for an old Mini with drums. On the road it nips along nicely and has that experience you can only get in an original Mini. The suspension rides well and it doesn’t crash about. The clock is showing 45,550 miles but that can’t be verified.
Recent work on the car includes the following:
- Service with new plugs
- 4 new tyres
- Recent new exhaust
- New track rod end (plus few other small jobs sorted)
- MOT with no advisories (expires 21/01/21)
Cosmetically the Mini cleans up well and attracts a lot of attention. The paint isn’t perfect but it polishes nicely and is an attractive colour with the cream/white roof. There are some blemishes here and there with some bubbles along the door bottoms. There is some rust at the back left arch towards the bottom. But the rest of the car is very good and underneath it is solid. It looks like it has had new sills at some point in the past. One detail that surprised me was the sound deadening on the firewall which is still intact. This is usually long gone on Minis of this age which shows this one is quite original.
On the inside the interior has lots of original trim left such as the headliner, sun visors and the door cards. They are old but haven’t been touched. I expect the seats have been redone at some point but they are in good condition and are perfectly useable. The cool door pull cords are present and the sliding windows work. The rear pop out windows have their trim still and work. All as basic as it gets but all part of the charm. All gauges work as well. A temporary carpet was put in by the last owner as I expect the original was well worn. I haven’t changed this as I’d rather leave it to the new owner to choose the colour.
So in summary this is a nice honest Mini that drives very good. You could use it as is and do a few jobs as you go. It seems to have escaped the worst of the modifying that a lot of Minis were subjected to and its originality is what sold it to me. And the fact it is one of the first batch of Mk2’s built makes it even nicer that it has survived without being chopped about. There isn’t much history with the car I’m afraid but it will come with the Heritage Cert, old owners manual, recent MOT cert and a few invoices from me.
I am open to offers and strongly recommend viewing the car. Any questions do get in touch.
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