This cherished Austin Mini was the owner’s first car in 1987 and belonged new to her uncle from 1974. It has been given a new lease of life with a full nut and bolt bare metal restoration in Tweed Grey and Old English White.
Engine is the later 1275cc A+ engine from a Metro painted in BMC Mowog Green: the block was bored, the block and head skimmed, the crankshaft reground and balanced, new bronze valve guides fitted and valve seats refaced, Piper BP270 cam with new cam bearings, HIF SU44 carburettor, standard bore RC40 exhaust / Maniflow LCB manifold, electronic 123 ignition with vacuum advance.
The interior is trimmed in plum leather (in a nod to the car’s original dark red interior) and a grey VW Gold plaid cloth, with deep pile red carpet and a bespoke embroidered Brightwell Motor Company rear parcel shelf. The owner always wanted a wooden dash when she was 17 so we’ve fitted that as a finishing touch! We have also fitted a pair of Microcell seats as used in Radford minis in the sixties. A full layer of Dynamat throughout the interior keeps the road noise out and the high quality stereo noise in from a heavily upgraded hidden speaker and bluetooth sound system.
Twin fuel tanks and a Cooper S brake upgrade improve the range and safety.