This car, along with the nugget gold version of the 998 LS represent the most rare of all production mini's. This mini has clearly been restored in the original Iridium Dulux green, with gold stripes (as was also original). It is said that only approximately 8 of the green and 8 of the gold 998LS cars were manufactured, in order to test the waters for the upcoming 1275 LS. From my understanding, these green and gold cars were distributed to dealers around the country to guage a response in order to make an informed decision for the 1275 model.
In 1977, the LS was the top model at the time, benefiting from all possible options available from the mini parts bin - which I have briefly summarised in the factory options section below. This model was followed by the limited run 1275 LS, of which we also have a reasonable register on classicregister.com.
This car was last for sale in Baulkham Hills NSW, in September 2012. If anyone has any other information about the current status of the car - and also any information about the correct engine number, please contact us through classic register.
A comprehensive identification guide for the 998LS can be found here: http://classicregister.com/content/how-identify-1977-1978-leyland-mini-998-ls