1977 Mini For Sale
I almost advertised this as a ‘rolling shell’ but it’s more than that really, when compared to most other ‘rolling shell’ projects which are usually just that. This is not too far off a complete working car except for a few obvious important components missing, not least the engine and gearbox! I’ve also removed the seats and roll cage but that leaves everything else complete as it was when it last passed an MOT in 2010. Since 2011 when that MOT expired it has gone nowhere, being garaged until now.
A list of the parts included in the sale:
1977 tax exempt Mini shell painted in Mercedes Moosgrun (Moss Green) originally found on Mercedes Cars of the 70’s. The roof is painted in VW Satin Silver.
Exposed Weave Carbon Fibre Miglia Arches
Fibre Glass 1 Piece Front + Fixings
Carbon Fibre Mk1 Boot Lid + Fixings
Mk1 Grille and Surround
7 x 13 Superlights + Yokohama A539 Tyres
Rear Beam Axle with Camber Adjustment
Rear Gaz Coilovers
Rear ARB 19mm
Gaz Front Dampers
Adjustable Heavy Duty Tie Bars
Adjustable Lower Arms
Metro Turbo 4 Pot Calipers, Vented Discs and Mintex 1144 Pads
Brake Bias Valve
Foam Filled Aluminium Race Fuel Tank
External Electric Fuel Pump and Filter
Smiths Telemetrix Guages x 6
This Mini was originally built as a final project for a Motorsport degree and completed in 2002. I purchased it in 2003 as the owner hadn’t used it, having only driven it for a couple of demo laps around Silverstone during a show. It had been built with track use/racing in mind though when I took ownership I had it MOT’d and used it on the road. When I bought the Mini it was red and was running a modified Metro Turbo engine (see pictures). I ran it like this as a daily for a couple of years. During this time a friend and I completed a B Series VTEC Mini build and I had got bored of rebuilding gearboxes for my Mini so I decided to ditch the A-Series too. We converted the front subframe etc to run a K-Series engine and box. This conversion was finished and on the road in 2006. Since then I used the Mini for weekend drives, shows, track days, and a few 1/4 miles runs. In 2010 I parked the Mini up in a garage to swap the engine for a VVC K-Series. I finished the swap and drove the car a few meters but never got it back on the road as the engine was not as peachy as the seller lead me to believe. At that point other cars and life sort of took over so the Mini got slightly forgotten. After building myself a bigger garage at home I moved the Mini into the new garage where it sat for a while until I could decide what my future project car plans are. Well I’ve recently bought another Mini and no longer have space for this one so it now has to go. I have removed the K-Series converted subframe and wiring and fitted a standard front subframe so it is ready to take any A-Series engine and gearbox. No doubt there will be other work required to get it back on the road, particularly some rusty areas that will need repair. Mechanically though, nothing appears to be seized and the brakes are working. When I parked it up some years ago it had MOT and has been garaged up until now.
I strongly advise any potential buyers to view first. The car is not perfect and really should be seen in person as photo’s rarely show everything a buyer might want to see.
Obviously this will need to be taken away on a trailer but I can be accommodating with any buyer in arranging a time for collection by themselves or a 3rd party.
The first series of pictures here show the Mini as it is right now. They were taken a few weeks ago and reflect it’s current condition. Click on any image to see the full resolution version in my Flickr gallery.
I have a pile of receipts and MOT’s I’ve held on to during my ownership. The first image is the sale advert at the time I purchased it, obviously some of the spec’s have changed since then.
Below are some pictures of the Mini around the time I bought it in 2003, not long after it was built. There’s more here.
Some pictures soon after the colour change.
Below are some pictures taken over my 17 years of ownership.