1960 Austin Mini Seven project - ready for paint SOLD
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|Built 30th March 1960, This very early UK market Austin Mini Seven De-luxe is within the first 6 months of Mini production. |
Floor starter, witches hat gearchange. I added the cut out of a later solid gearchange remote linkage as I had thought about a bigger engine for competition (HERO or similar). I wish I hadn't)
It comes with its original 850cc engine, and original interior (horse hair early seats), all the glass, early heater (new) and pretty much everything to build the car. I have no doubt it will need a few bits and pieces but with its new carpets, bumpers, headlining, trim etc. a host of original and new parts are all present.
The subframes are pianted and the car will be sitting on them with wheels (which are painted with good tyres - I need to check if they are new). Subframes, doors, bonnet and boot were all removed for the body prep and epoxy primer.
It has been dry built, then all of the paint carefully blasted, rust treated and sealed in Two-Pack Epoxy primer ready for some final fettling (and perhaps a tidy up of some of the welds in the passenger footwell) and final paint. The hard, expensive work has been done.
This mini stands out as being quite rare now as most of this age have no seen their original engines long gone and replaced with a 1000 or 1275cc.
'YYL' remians on her original 3 letter, 3 number registration. Car is SORN. Tax and MOT exempt. I need to check the mileage.
I purchased the car, running and placed it on SORN immediately. The body has been comprehensively repaired with a new front wings and A panels, original doors rebuilt to the shell (so they fit). Early set bracketry has been adjusted to take Newton Commericl Bucket seats specially trimmed in original Matador colourway.
I had planned to do rebuild this as a 1960 'Privateer' rally car, pre-cooper, and has the correct brackets for a three spotlight configuration (and the correct spots). Reverse light is fitted. Early works dash is present and can be fitted.
I shall be taking photos of the various parts. The bodyshell if with Rawles Healey in Hampshire (who have worked on a number of cars for me) and I'll need to collet the shell and bring it back or make arrangements for it to be looked at there.
This is a really rare mini now. A great project for someone who doesn't want to have to work on a shell, but is ready to pick the colour, have it painted and build it back up for the road over the summer.
I have a roll over jig that can be discussed as an extra to the sale - the one it currently sits in is not part of the project.
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