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1989 Austin MK1 Recreation Mini

  • Right Hand Drive
  • 93,000 Miles
  • Manual, 4 speed
  • Petrol
  • 998cc
  • 1989
  • MDM736G
  • White
  • Private seller
  • Cleckheaton, United Kingdom


a stunning Fast Road Mk1 Recreation Mini, the car underwent a full restoration in 2019/ 2020. The Mini began life as a 1989 Racing Flame and was rebuilt into a MK1 Cooper S recreation including, Mk1 front end, rear lights and Mk1 external hinge doors with sliding windows. The restoration included new floors, sills and front end using heritage panels as well as an engine and gearbox rebuild, new brakes and suspension components and a full respray in Old English White, it also has new powder coated front and rear subframes.

The engine was fully rebuilt and covered 2100 miles since, the gearbox was also rebuilt at the same time. It’s a 998cc but has had an upgraded cam and twin carbs fitted giving fast road performance.

The gearbox and clutch are fantastic, as are the brand new upgraded brakes, the suspension has been upgraded to springs and fully adjustable hi-lo’s so the ride height can be adjusted accordingly.

The interior is a full Cobra RSR interior with bucket seats in black vinyl with eyelets and matching rear seat and door cards, (the RSR interior is inspired from 70’s 911 Porsches and cost £1200 alone!) new dash inserts, wooden steering wheel as well as carpets.

The body is “spotless”, there is no rot or rust, all chrome was new as part of rebuild including new Lucas period headlights to match the Mk1 grill and overriders, in addition to the “Italian Job” 3 cluster spot lamps, It also had new 13x7 Superlite alloy wheels fitted with Nankang tyres and a fully stainless Fletcher exhaust system at ~1500 miles.

Overall the car is a great , it’s fast, loud and extremely fun to drive. I have only done 220 miles in it in the past 2 years of owning so decided to sell. As I was looking to sell I had a carburettor specialist come out to service them as I always had to have to choke out. As part of this he pointed out that there is a tiny air gap between the manifold and engine and it’s pulling air which explains the choke scenario- it still has a oil leak as per previous MOT from before I got the car. He also advised that it is probably best to get it a new engine and to expect to pay around £1. 5k. Current MOT expires 11 July.
Hence why selling at £3500 less than valued to cover expenses.

The original number plate was F557TJN and had a private (current plate fitted) as part of the conversion.
I have no additional paperwork.

Who ever buy this will have to look at getting the engine sorted.
Other issues as per photos is the rubber trim on the roof lifts up but pushes down easily. The dash bit needs cutting off or glueing up. And on the driver front side it looks as if someone tried to jack the car on the body so it’s dented in.

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