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Highlights

  • Originally purchased from a classic car dealer in Bussum, Holland
  • Impressive Cooper S conversion with bored-out engine and Turbo R body kit
  • Stylish half-leather interior with wooden veneers

The Appeal

The Mini is a fixture in European motoring - perhaps one of the world’s most iconic cars. What really secured the car’s near-ubiquitous nature is the fact they’re just so easy to modernise, modify and soup up into sporty little speed demons.
This example, beautifully modified with a Turbo R Body Kit and bored out from 1100cc to a 1300cc, is ready and waiting to hit the road - with a stylish interior to boot.


The History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1978 for the European market
  • Restored and rebuilt in Holland at some stage of its life
  • This included engine boring, a repaint, new interior and the Turbo R bodykit
  • Purchased by the vendor in 2020 then taken to the UK
  • Now registered in the UK
  • Fitted with an electric fan conversion kit and a new radiator in 2022
  • Currently indicates 21,418km on a five-figure odometer
  • Sadly this can’t be authenticated as a true reflection of mileage
  • MOT exempt and not tested while based in the UK
  • The car’s paperwork file includes:
    • V5c document
    • Invoice for the new radiator and electric fan kit
    • Some photographs of the restoration
    • A Haynes manual
    • A dutch registration certificate from 2008


The Interior

  • Impressive half-leather interior
  • Seats are in good order with only light signs of use
  • Light patina and plenty of grain to the leather
  • Door cards are in good condition with no rips or tears
  • Dashboard is in excellent order with attractive wood veneers
  • All instruments are clean and well-presented with no reported faults
  • Impressive wood-rimmed Mountney steering wheel
  • Black headlining is in very good order
  • Carpets are in good condition and free of any significant wear
  • Boot is clean and well-presented, concealing a spare wheel


The Exterior 

  • Impressive Turbo R Bodykit with broad arches, deep fibreglass bumpers and squared edges
  • Painted in Tahiti Blue and white
  • Car is in good order with light wear to the paintwork
  • Small scratch on the passenger door
  • Small paint chip by the left-hand window wiper
  • Chromework presents nicely, providing a good contrast
  • Glasswork and lenses are in good condition with no clear chips or cracks
  • White contrast featuring presents well
  • No clear corrosion, blistering or cracking we can discern
  • Car is sat on rare ATS alloys, which are wrapped in Yokohama tyres
  • The car’s underside is very nicely presented with no clear signs of corrosion or unusual wear


The Mechanics 

  • Fully rebuilt from a Mini 1100 to Cooper S specification
  • Reconditioned engine, bored to 1300cc
  • Twin-pipe exhaust 
  • Aluminium 4-core radiator with Rimmer Bros. 
  • Electric fan kit
  • New coolant throughout
  • New clutch
  • New HT leads
  • Recent tune-up including work to the twin SU carbs
  • Push-button start
  • Sports suspension
  • Vendor that the car is running exactly as expected with no major faults
  • The vendor does advise that the suspension is a little stiff, though of no major consequence
  • We’ve no reports of any leaks, knocks, bangs or smoke  

Summary

Beautifully presented, with a desirable body kit and a very attractive colour scheme, this is a cracking example of a customised, souped-up, beautifully modified Mini.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1978
  • Make Mini
  • Model Cooper S Conversion
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 21,418 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1300
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Ashtead
  • Location Surrey
  • Country United Kingdom

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