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Swallow Cottage, Waddon, Weymouth


1983 Austin Mini Special For Sale

£4,995 As stated

Price £4,995As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Austin
Model Mini
Year 1983
Mileage 39,500 Miles
Country United Kingdom
Region Dorset
Status Trade
Ref C1317416
I love a car that makes everyone smile and this no exception. Perfect for the long, hot summer ahead is this chopped and customised Mini presented in virtually unmarked Red paintwork offering 4-seater fresh-air motoring and a fun factor to die for. Properly converted and strengthened, this little car has turned more heads in the past few days than I can count and ticks every box when it comes to finding the ultimate in summer transport.

With a production run spanning 41 years, the Mini has become an absolute icon of British popular culture. Designed for BMC by Sir Alec Issigonis, this diminutive 2-door saloon was initially built at the Longbridge and Cowley plants but it`s huge global popularity saw cars produced under licence in places as far away as Venezuela and South Africa. An estate version and two light commercials, a van and a pick-up, soon formed part of the line-up and when it`s competition potential was recognised, huge rally success came with a string of Cooper variants.

Our car started out as a totally standard 1983 Mini Mayfair 998cc with automatic gearbox. We know little of it`s early life but by 2004 was residing in Northampton with its lady owner. The MoT history thereafter soon goes cold suggesting that the car was parked-up for a number of years, only to be acquired around 5 years ago by a local car and custom garage. They had a plan to create the ultimate in summer fun and this is it. The car was taken back to a bare shell, chopped and strengthened, the engine and automatic gearbox removed, the whole car de-seemed and repainted in Red and ultimately reassembled with rebuilt mechanics featuring a manual 4-speed `box. With genuine black Minilite alloys, fresh Yokohama tyres, custom dash and Hi-back cloth interior, the car went back on the road in the Summer of 2018.

The Mini has covered probably less than 200 miles since it`s rebuild. Consequently, it presents extremely well with just two small touch-ins evident within otherwise a blemish-free body. I believe that the photographs tell the story. It has been professionally done and superbly finished. To drive, the Mini feels tight and responsive with pin-sharp steering. Just as it should. I took it for a 10-mile run across the South Dorset Downs and despite the chilly air, loved every second. Hoping for some peace and quiet, I pulled into a remote parking spot to take more photos only to be given the thumbs up by two local farmers and a lorry driver who subsequently stopped, descended from his cab only to take his own pictures of the car!

The Mini will come freshly serviced and will benefit from 12 months MoT upon sale. It comes with a current V5C and some old MoT Certificates. As there is no hood or tonneau cover, the car will come with a full-size waterproof car cover.

Pound for pound, the best fun on four wheels. I just love it.

Shore Classics is based on the West Dorset coast within easy proximity of both Weymouth and the County town of Dorchester. As classic and vintage dealers, we offer full brokerage facilities. So if you require some help and guidance with selling your classic car or motorcycle, just give us a call today.
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