Here is my 1969 Mk2 Mini which I’m advertising due to lack of use, (a mere 488 miles in the last 12 months) and it’s a shame to have it hiding in the garage under its tailored cover all of the time.
Finished in the original Austin colour of Old El Paso Beige the car was subject to a complete bare shell restoration by the East Anglian Mini Centre in 2014/ 15 and is still in beautiful condition today. The box file of invoices for the restoration total more than £30k. The bodyshell restoration involved a complete sandblasting, with the only exterior panels that needed changing were the rear lower valance, outer sills and upper front wings. All panels were heritage ones and the shell was painted inside and out, underneath and in the engine bay & boot area. Subframes were both blasted and powder coated, along with other suspension parts. Under the carpets is beautifully presented, no signs of welded repairs, shiny paintwork and no slatherings of stuff hiding anything.
A matching numbers car, the Mk2 is one of the rarer Mini models and indeed the more “ordinary” versions – such as the Standard and Super Deluxe are much rarer than the Coppers and Cooper S models.
The car has been featured in Mini World (7 page feature) with the previous owners and has also been on TV in an episode of “Stars and their cars” where it was driven by Neil Morrissey with Paddy McGuiness along side him.
As part of the restoration the mechanicals were completely overhauled, engine and gearbox rebuilt, cylinder head converted to unleaded and the car retains the original Hydrolastic suspension and drum brakes all round. The only change from original under the bonnet is the fitment of electronic ignition.
Recent winter improvements have seen top and bottom ball joints fitted at the front, new front wheel bearings and new shoes and drums fitted as well.
Last year improvements saw a new cooling system fitted, (Aluminium Radiator, Water Pump, all hoses – including heater hoses) and correct period Champion ignition leads fitted as well.
Full service was carried out just prior to the winter hibernation – Oil & filter, air filter, all grease nipples greased etc, (car has been kept under cover in a heated dry garage in my ownership)
The interior was restored with a Newton Commercial full interior package – this consisted of new seat foams, rubbers, cushions, door cards, carpets, headlining, dash panels and this is all still unmarked. Static seatbelts were the only option fitted new. Overmats have been fitted at all times.
The car has the rare luxury of still having one key which fits the door, boot and ignition – spare key comes with it of course. Never had a radio or speakers/ aerial fitted quite rightly so!
The only changes from standard super deluxe spec is the fitment of cooper S 4. 5″x10″ wheels (brand new), along with new Chrome hubcaps, and in the boot there is a Cooper boot board covering the (also new) 4×5″x10″ spare wheel. The original 3. 5″x10″ wheels and hubcaps come with the car as well for the next owner. Tyres are all matching Falkens with almost new tread depths all round.
The extensive history of the car shows its provenance, there are copies of all of the vehicles log books, from the original one, right through to today. All original dealer supplied Mini handbooks are included
The car drives without fault, exactly how classic Minis should.
Any questions let me know.
Edit – Car was MOT’d this morning (26/ 04/ 2022) and passed with no advisories. This keeps the full MOT history up to date and gives any potential buyer reassurance that the car has been checked over and isn’t hiding behind any MOT exemption rules.
Location: Brierley Hill, West Midlands