A solid example of the 242 GT - this one a 1980 model with the front end changed over with 264 parts. This example was offered for sale in October 2018, asking $8,500 - with the seller noting the car is a one owner example.. Interestingly it has a Holden Commodore V6 3.8 ltr from a VN installed, with an auto transmission (this is an engine based on the GM Buick block).
We spoke to the seller of this little survivor just before it sold. Just holding onto life, and certainly worth restoring, this GT was sold as a shell excluding the motor (which the seller was using in another project). This wasn't so much of an issue given that the motor in the car was not a genuine GT unit..
Otherwise, everything appears to be in place! Twin tanks, 7.5 inch brakes - it was asking $4K at the time (not sure what it actually sold for though). This only lasted a day online before it was snapped up..
This genuine matching numbers MK1 Cooper S is offered for sale in NSW’s Sutherland Shire, and has what we consider one of the best factory colour combinations available on the MK1 (Special Burgundy on Snow White). According to the ausmini MK1 Register, this is one of a small batch of Cooper S vehicles of this particular colour scheme built during 1967, with Snow White replacing Toga White around September that year.
The seller notes the vehicle’s body is very solid, with all rust professionally removed and plated. Paint and body work was completed approximately 3 years ago, and the only issue of note is a small dent in the trunk lid – a spare panel is provided with the sale. The exterior of the car is all to original specifications, other than the aftermarket wood and picket style plastic arches which could be easily removed if the new owner desires.
Inside, this example also keeps true to its factory specifications with the exception of a period Motolita style steering wheel, with correct red vinyl trim (re-trimmed a couple of years ago and in great condition). Amazingly, the door trims, headliner and carpet are all original – particularly hard to come by these days, and a testament to the vehicle’s owners over its life. The car is missing its original heater, however, we've seen a few come up for sale online recently which suggests they can be fairly easily sourced.
Importantly, this is a matching numbers car, with the body stampings and engine number matching the vehicle ID plate on the firewall. As a genuine Cooper S, all other identification features are where they should be. For more information on what makes a genuine S, see Classic Register’s MK1 identification guide.
The engine was rebuilt approximately 6 years ago at a cost of $6.500.00, and now runs perfectly. The only non-original mechanical fitting is a MK2 all-synchro gearbox. The car has done very little work since the engine rebuild, with just a few small trips on weekends. It also comes with a set of minilite style wheels with good road-legal race tyres fitted. A set of original steel Cooper S rims would not be hard to source if desired – often coming up on Ebay and Gumtree.
The car is currently on club registration – which is non-transferable. The seller doesn’t foresee any issues preventing the car from obtaining a roadworthy certificate.
For more information, please contact Jason by clicking the contact seller button at the top of this page.
An example of a race prepped GTS offered for sale by classic car specialists in October 2018. This one doesn't look too original (wrong flares, alternative paint job, non-original interior to account for the racing equipment etc, but does appear to have the correct chassis number for a GTS. Check out the others on the South African Mini GTS register.
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A very original example of the NZ spec 1275 GT in its original Brazilian Bronze paint. This one was asking $8,700 on trademe NZ in October 2018. Looks to be a relatively easy restoration project at a reasonable price assuming it's still on the road.
There are images on this website of a Mini LS on a stand at a motor show. This is believed to be the vehicle on the stand at the Melbourne Motor Show in March 1977. The original owner was a mini enthusiast and is believed to have purchased the car at the show. The full history of this car is known from new and the daughter of the original owner still lives in the town where this car spent most if it's life. She has seen the restored car.
Another Australian Clubman GT found advertised in NZ - only 200 were exported there. Surprising that we've seen quite a few survivors. This one is a project car clearly, but everything is there and some serious work has already begun. Importantly the car comes with its disc brakes and correctlt prefixed 1206 engine.
At the time this one was advertised it was asking starting bids of $9,000 NZD plus, with a buy it now price of $11,000.