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Classic Mini in immaculate condition, no rust, fully re-trimmed interior, 100% reliable

Derby, Derbyshire £7,000.00
Posted
98 days ago
Make
Austin
Model
MINI 1000 CITY E
Year
1989
Mileage
56000
Seller type
Private
Body type
Saloon
Fuel type
Petrol
Transmission
Other
Colour
Green
Engine size
998

Description

Almond Green and Old English White
I purchased the car in 2015 with the body in the condition you see hear, but with a few mechanical and electrical gremlins. The idea was a simple project to repair these and then have some fun with my two boys learning along the way. Now we’ve had enough fun it’s time to find another project.
The car is used regularly (99% dry miles) and has proven to be 100% reliable. The engine is strong for a 998, good oil pressure, gear changes and clutch are smooth and precise. The previous owner assured me that the engine was a recon in 2012, but I have no proof of this and neither any reason to doubt it.
A full body restoration was commissioned by the previous owner around 2012 and included a full frontend replacement along with scuttle, sills, boot floor, rear hinge panel and rear valance. The car has been sprayed to a very high standard inside and out with no rust. The underside and hidden parts of the car have been stone guarded, wax oiled and greased, so it can be used as a daily driver. The current condition is testament to the quality of the £3,750 body repairs. The bright work is all excellent with a Cooper S grille set, stainless steel wipers and new chrome headlight rims.
The interior has also been fully refurbished with an MPI interior recovered in black vinyl leatherette with off white stitching and piping by Optimise Automotive of Stoke totalling £1,000. This included front and rear seat retrim, door cards, new rear seat foam, dash cards and lower stitched cover, rear door cards/pockets, rear shelf cover and gear stick/handbrake gaiters. At the same time a Mota-Lita steering wheel and boss was fitted along with a conversion to genuine Smiths 3 binnacle centre clocks (Note: the odometer reading is not the true mileage as gauges were 2nd hand). A new carpet set, mats and sound proofing finished off the interior.
Under the bonnet the car is standard but very tidy. Repairs and improvements made over the past 2 years are; replacement wiring loom from Sparks Automotive, new fuse box, professionally wired relays for the fog and full beam spots, replaced bulkhead steady bar bracket, fitted engine steady repair kit, new water pump, ignition set and stainless steel braided hoses for the clutch and oil pressure sender pipe. All of this work has provided a very reliable Mini.
At the rear I’ve made up a bespoke boot liner covered in matching black carpet which fits better than any I’ve found available from the usual Mini specialists. An RC40 exhaust has also been fitted to provide a more enjoyable note.
In summary, this is an extremely clean and genuine car which must not be confused with some newly refurbished cars which could be hiding many sins. The car is clean enough to show, but also protected enough for daily use, so whether you’re looking for a first car, daily run around, something fun for whenever or looking for a great base car for further modification then this car is certainly worth a viewing.

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