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#514207 - 22/05/18 04:23 PM Mk1 Mini shells in high demand..
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Is it just me or does anyone else think that a new body shell for the Mk1 mini at £9,950 is just stir crazy grin2

Don't get me wrong I love these quirky little proper Mini's but blooming heck.


http://www.classicandsportscar.com/news/mk1-mini-shells-high-demand
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#514208 - 22/05/18 04:33 PM Re: Mk1 Mini shells in high demand.. [Re: +8Rich]
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This does seem a little steep. For that I would be expecting seam welded stiffness and an uprated subframe to match. Telling me it was made from original BMC tooling just tells me I am going to need a hammer to make it fit as it stands, hence the matching sub-frame request.
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#514211 - 22/05/18 04:52 PM Re: Mk1 Mini shells in high demand.. [Re: +8Rich]
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For hand assembled parts produced on old tooling, I think when compared to what MMC want for a Morgan, it is reasonable.
I'll bet that assembling all the bits needs quite a bit of "fettling and bodging" to get it all as it should be.

A perfect Mk 1 Mini is £20k,

https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C992105

Coopers are over £30k.

Starting with that new galvanised body shell it should be possible to produce a stunning restoration.
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#514225 - 22/05/18 05:36 PM Re: Mk1 Mini shells in high demand.. [Re: +8Rich]
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Oh well that has put it all into context Peter, shocking prices though.
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#514267 - 22/05/18 08:50 PM Re: Mk1 Mini shells in high demand.. [Re: +8Rich]
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Peter,

The shells are primed, they are not galvanised.

I think this section should be read as well

Pre-Work
Those intending to build their car for entry in car club vehicle appearance or condition displays and competitions will need to apply much additional work to bring their entire car to the exceptionally high standards now demanded for concours d’elegance. All threaded inserts will need paint cleaning prior to build. Any extra holes required for your accessories or minor body variations should be added prior to painting.

In my opinion getting everything done for £20k unless the majority of the work is done by the owner will be very tight on £20k if it is to win concours events.

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#514289 - 22/05/18 10:05 PM Re: Mk1 Mini shells in high demand.. [Re: +8Rich]
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The Mini used to be £430 all in when I had one in the early 60s.

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#514294 - 22/05/18 10:37 PM Re: Mk1 Mini shells in high demand.. [Re: howard]
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I had remembered they were about £500 but that really is quite a stunning increase in values.
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#514339 - 23/05/18 10:16 AM Re: Mk1 Mini shells in high demand.. [Re: +8Rich]
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Originally Posted By +8Rich
I had remembered they were about £500 but that really is quite a stunning increase in values.


Indeed, but they all had about £300 worth of mesh and filler in the bodies.
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#514366 - 23/05/18 03:20 PM Re: Mk1 Mini shells in high demand.. [Re: lowebird]
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Originally Posted By lowebird
Originally Posted By +8Rich
I had remembered they were about £500 but that really is quite a stunning increase in values.


Indeed, but they all had about £300 worth of mesh and filler in the bodies.



The good old days Reg laugh2 my Singer Chamois had a load in it's rear wheel arch lower section, I know because I put it there.


Those were the days rolling around on the damp gravel in the rain keeping these old bangers alive for work the next day, I wouldn't swap it for a fortune in experience terms but I am glad I could stop by the time was 25.
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#514373 - 23/05/18 04:13 PM Re: Mk1 Mini shells in high demand.. [Re: howard]
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Originally Posted By howard
The Mini used to be £430 all in when I had one in the early 60s.


Your wages in those days was??????????/

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