1972 Fully restored 1275GT in the best colour For Sale
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|In mint, standard condition after a 3 year bare metal, professional restoration using exclusively BL Heritage panels where needed, my beautiful Mini 1275 GT is now up for sale. Finished in it’s factory original Bronze Yellow with correct all Navy Blue basket weave interior, this is a dry suspension, remote gear change/round tunnel car showing a credible 88,500 miles by only 4 owners, having been barn stored for circa 18 years. It's had full media blasting and many new Heritage body panels carefully welded in after shell bracing and plasma cutter removal of the old ones by a bodyshell specialist who did a superb job. This was followed by professional preparation and painting in it’s original factory hue of Bronze Yellow - the model’s fantastic launch shade that is pure 1970s sporting BL. It could not be more period, correct or attractive.|
Full photographic record shows the little car’s progress from hand-painted vehicle at purchase through to beautiful, concours standard stunner today with an easily agreed Insurance valuation of £30,000. Large file of bills accompanies of course. Always a RHD car, it is one of the earliest 1275 GTs to feature the preferred dry suspension yet still combine all the model’s desirable launch features (10” Rostyles, early remote gear change, basket weave interior etc.); an iconic specification that I think lasted just the one model year before the Accountants moved in and it became a more mainstream model.
Originality has been preserved wherever sensible with most of the interior, the sub frames, suspension, running gear and engine/gearbox being overhauled as required, cleaned and refitted. Complete with jack, tools and all it's original UK market commission, VIN, engine and body numbers, it’s 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 behind all new Navy carpets, facia rolls, period headlining, door and screen seals etc. Naturally the bumpers have been re-chromed and the 5 Rostyle wheels refinished in the correct Dark Silver and fitted with new tyres, so the car really is spot-on from stem to stern. It looks an absolute picture and was all booked to turns heads on the Mini Club stand at the NEC Classic & Restoration Show in March which got cancelled.
It’s done circa 100 miles since completion and MOT so is box-fresh. It performs brilliantly with great performance and spot on steering/handling. The car was built to be not just a beautiful collectors show piece but also 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 that you don’t see welded in behind the outer sills so the car’s jack could be safely used to change a wheel for instance. Rust is what kills classic Minis but this car’s shell is now absolutely solid with new metal everywhere and is all set for hopefully another 47 years - it's stronger than new now. Note that only media blasting to bare metal revealed that a car with recent MOT could actually absorb 27 new panels to be entirely rust and filler free. Beware of cheap imitations, LHD to RHD conversions and especially miraculous looking older cars - they won’t be anything like this good or strong. Built to last like a galvanised Porsche or Audi, Minis were not!
Today a 1275 GT is over 5 times more rare than a Cooper S - just 172 survive compared to 940 (combined Austin + Morris total) still on the road according to HowManyLeft.com and few will be anything remotely like DDE so this exceptional example is a really sound investment. 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 a true head turner. Serious buyers only call the details below for more info/pictures of this exceptional, unrepeatable time warp early GT that must be as close to 1972 ‘new’ as it’s possible to get. Needs to be seen to be appreciated and go to a deserving person. A tempting new project means it's on special offer while this exists.
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