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This superbly rebuilt Austin Mini Cooper MKI was built on the 7th June 1967 finished in Almond Green with Old English White roof with Porcelain Green and Dove Grey upholstery. From the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust we know the Mini was subject of Personal Export Delivery and was brought back to the UK in LHD format in 2017 from a long term owner in Ontario, Canada. The Heritage Certificate also confirms this to be a matching numbers car.
The Austin Mini Cooper MKI was subject of a professional nut and bolt rebuild in 2007 and this included new ‘dry' subframes that were powder coated prior to fitting. With the Mini 99% complete, it was placed into storage for ten years and in 2017 had to be sold in need of some final fettling. In 2017 the Cooper arrived in the UK and was professionally converted to RHD and with the engine removed, it was stripped for checking and bottom rings found to be sticking. Due to this new rings were fitted and everything else was found as new and photographs of this work are present in the history file along with a report on the engine. The engine was re-assembled, re-fitted and set up on a rolling road and 600 faultless miles have been covered since. Further work and expenditure included new tyres, a new heater sourced and fitted and real attention to detail has gone into the final stages to ensure correct period items have been fitted to the car such as Rainbow wiper blades, correct boot board, correct instrument binnacle and speedo, even the Austin rocker cover label has correct solid rivets not pop rivets like so many other rebuilt Mini's. Due to some after market wheel arch trims being fitted in Canada, the UK owner decided to remove these resulting in the front and rear wings, doors, bonnet, front panel and both valances being re-painted resulting in an all-round top class finish to the restoration.
VBY 478E has only covered 600 miles since completion and has arrived with us in immaculate condition. The bodywork and paintwork are first class, the underside is body colour and has recently been clear waxoyled, chrome work is superb and the engine bay is of a showing winning standard. The fully re-trimmed interior is first class, the boot compartment superb and boasting Cooper S (optional) wheels and Downton type mirrors the Mini really does look outstanding. This Cooper is equally as impressive on the road and boasts upgrades to include the adjustable dry suspension, oil cooler, Mini fin rear drums and with its rebuilt engine and balanced crank, performance is impressive. VBY 478E holds the road perfectly, is perfect up and down the gears and is exactly as expected having covered such low mileage since a major professional rebuild. The most recent owner searched for a Cooper this good for almost three years and has spent more time polishing and detailing it than driving it on the road. This is a really special car, its stunning, detailed and just as good to drive.