Lot 322 - 1981 12851 Morris Mini Special
|Estimate||£5,000 - £7,000|
Today we are offering an interesting, and certainly different, example of the original 1959 version of the Mini. To preamble about the Mini City is somewhat irrelevant as this 1981 model has been extensively modified from its original specification. In fact, some interesting engineering modifications have been incorporated to facilitate this extraordinary conversion and inspection will surprise even the most avid Mini enthusiast.
Based on an excellent body shell, the original engine has been disposed of. In its place is fitted an Alfa Romeo 1750cc 16v fuel injected flat four engine from an Alfa Romeo 145. The front wheel drive no longer exists and drive is via a Dave Mack propshaft taken to the rear. It is adjoined to a Volvo 340 transaxle unit which results in a more even weight distribution over the four Ford wheels. The front suspension includes Vauxhall Astra ball joints, Ford Sierra hubs, Ford Escort wishbones and Escort shock absorbers with coil over springs. At the rear are AVO coil over shock absorbers and the front brakes are Ford Sierra callipers, discs and pads with the rear being Volvo 340 drums and shoes. Brake fluid is supplied by a Rover 200/300 master cylinder. To aide cooling of the Alfa Romeo the engine radiator and twin electric cooling fans have been fitted into the boot area. Piping connecting the engine and radiator also has an electric water pump fitted to increase cooling performance. In addition, the boot opens electronically, to assist cooling, if required, in traffic. The interior is also modified. The dashboard now boasts Alfa Romeo instruments whilst the seating is provided by bucket seats fitted with headrests. The rear seating area has been boxed in and has an access lid to the battery. Externally, this highly modified Mini looks resplendent in bright red with a black roof. To match the roof, extended black wheel arches are fitted to allow for the now wider track than original.
This Mini has an MoT test certificate valid until June 2014 and is taxed until the end of March 2014 so is ready to be used straight away. This is surely something different for even the most passionate Mini collector and especially when you consider the huge amount of work to convert to its current incarnation.
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