1 / 30


Asking price
Secure payments
If your offer is accepted, your payment will be protected until you have the keys.

1973 Mini Classic 1000

  • Right Hand Drive
  • 69,545 Miles
  • Manual, 4 speed
  • Petrol
  • 998cc
  • 1973
  • YAB834M
  • Blue
  • Private seller
  • Louth, United Kingdom


1973 Layland mini 1000.

This is my extensively restored mini 1000.
I have put over £25k into this restoration and have all receipts to prove it not sure on the final figure as frankly I stopped counting at about 27k. I am aware it's an obscene amount to put into an early mark 3 but I have thoroughly enjoyed building it and especially driving it. I very much doubt you will find one restored to this quality with all the extras on for this money. The panel and paint bill wasn't far off what I am asking. I have over 100 pictures documenting the build which I will happily forward to any one interested. Financial circumstances unfortunately means this must go. It has not been to any of the mini shows or been seen by anyone so new to the scene.
The subframes were shot blast and powder coated. I will try and cover most of the build below.

I am fortunate enough to live down the road from the very reputable mini restorer Colin Davis. He has put in over 300 hours of panel beating and paint booth time to present to you the car you see today. If any of you have not heard of him, he is one of the best in the business and the panel gaps and lines on the car are better than it would have come out of the factory. He has beefed up the parts on the car that are prone to rot and heavy use. I. e door hinges, jacking points and cavity waxed every part of the build and undersealed it to match. Fingers crossed to another 50 years of road worthiness. It has just come back from the valeters and has a 5 year ceramic coating applied to keep that paint fresh and protected.
I am the 3rd owner of this car. The original owner worked at the Layland factory and built this himself off the factory line with the best bits that were going spare or caught his eye from what I can gather. There are a few trick bits and question marks over the car's history. Its build on an auto shell as it was deemed stronger, had a cooper head and front brakes to name a few. It was an interesting car to try and find the history of. Unfortunately the heritage center said records over the 70’s are not very well documented. It has no records of this and I can only go by the stories I have heard.

Rear subframe:
Hell Braided brake lines. Adjustable rear camber kit. Super fin hubs. Mintex pads. Hi-lows. Competition red dot cones. Rose jointed Rear anti roll bar.
KYB Gas a Just shocks

Front subframe:
Hell full braided front brake harness. Cooper 7. 5 disc conversion. 2. 2 quick rack. Adjustable heavy duty tie rod and lower arms. Hi-lows. Competition red dot cones.
KYB Gas a Just shocks.

Black throughout with bucket seats. 2/ 3rds carpet coverage as Colins paint job was too good to cover it all up. A genuine MoMo wheel with a nod to the original 2 spoke wheel which quite frankly is a thing of beauty and set of yellow SMCO visors which set the whole thing off. The roof lining is tight and looks great and as anyone who has put them in will tell you there a pig to get right and taught!
The seats are not everyone's cup of tea but it was my mini to build and I love them. All the glass is original and as are the stickers apart from the front screen.

Engine: Original 998cc with a 12g2940 head. I spent some money on this engine with the intention of buying the best possible to move onto a bigger engine in the future. With the original owner building this front he factory I was curious to see what the engine would perform like so left the 998 in and refurbed the best I could. Most of the parts are from MED and listed below:
Auto bias diff. Competition output shafts. Sump guard. Billet filter head kit. Clutch arm. Damper kit. Braid clutch line. Performance road clutch. Timing plate. Followers. Ultra light flywheel and back plate. Race alternator and starter. Kent 266 cam. Fletcher aluminum rad. And a load more I am sure I have missed. The list goes on.

At the moment the car runs great.
The diff and suspension makes this thing rail the road and I know they do anyway but this is unbelievable. It could do with setting up on the dyno to get the timing bang on.
It really does put a smile on your face and will be extremely sad to see it go.
I am under no illusion I will see all the money I put into the car but genuinely try and find an early mk3 in this condition.

I have noticed oil blowing out of the timing chain breather as of late which could be down to oil getting past the pistons but as I didn't intend for the engine to be permanent, I never got it rebored or it could just be a seal. Hindsight is a wonderful thing

Vehicle background

Has the vehicle ever been imported?


Is there any outstanding finance?


Has the vehicle ever been declared a total loss?


Has there ever been any major structural issues which needed work?


Private seller

Verified since 2024

Verified sellers have provided photographic ID and been through bank-level security checks to establish their identity.

1 Listings since 2024

Vehicle location

Louth, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Get directions


Buying with Car & Classic


Making an offer

All you need to know about the offering process on Car & Classic


Five steps to buying

We make it simple and safe to get the classic of your dreams


Shipping & transport

Useful information on collecting your new vehicle


Secure payments

How we protect you and your money, to make C&C the safest place to transact.

More FAQs

Selling your Mini?

Advertise to 4 million monthly visitors on Car & Classic

List for free

Similar Mini Classics

Check out our new listings and upcoming auctions by subscribing to our newsletter

By signing up you accept our privacy policy and conditions of purchase