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Old 2nd August 2021, 19:31   #16
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Congratulations on acquiring this beautiful machine with a heart and soul! Hats off to the previous owner as well on keeping the car and all the paperwork so meticulously. I am guessing the car is ULEZ compliant as well?
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The interiors are a nice and surprisingly spacious place to be in!
Congrats, nice to see another bhpian with a mini. Looks in great shape and pretty fun to drive (pocket rocket).

Here are few pics of my 93 mini WIP.

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Those pictures are a joy to behold! The original Mini is one of my dad's favorite and I really hope to own one when I can afford to have a second car though it would probably be vintage piece of art by then!

Congrats on the purchase
Thanks a lot! The classic Minis are fairly easy to find, but the prices are going up and up. Hope you can pick one up soon!

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Congratulations on acquiring this beautiful machine with a heart and soul! Hats off to the previous owner as well on keeping the car and all the paperwork so meticulously. I am guessing the car is ULEZ compliant as well?
Thanks a lot! Yes, the lady did a fabulous job preserving the car.

Sadly, the Mini is NOT ULEZ compliant! And with the extensions to the ULEZ zone fast approaching (Oct '21), the boundary will be quite close to where I live. Most annoyingly, my mechanic is JUST inside the extended ULEZ zone.

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Congrats, nice to see another bhpian with a mini. Looks in great shape and pretty fun to drive (pocket rocket).

Here are few pics of my 93 mini WIP.

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Thanks, Zibby! Good to see your Mini.

Going by the black bumpers, grille and side mirrors - that looks like a 1.3L Mini Sprite. Am I right?

Hope to see the resto thread here soon!

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Wow, what a beauty!! I am a fan of this car since childhood, thanks to Mr. Bean.

A textbook example of maintaining in "Mint condition". Congratulations to @51Morris and the earlier owner for such care. A delight to see such effort in preserving the car and especially the documentation, in this age of use and throw.
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Beautiful. It is hard to come by cars with such detailed documentation and care.

What is a bit oddball is the plastic steering wheel. Seems out of place in a car like this.

British pride being displayed on those tail lights. They have continued that trend even today.

Do you know the back story about the Mini being sold as rebadged Leyland's? I've seen quite a few in the southern hemisphere at automobile events.
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That is one lucky car. It is getting passed on from one caring owner to another! Can’t stop ogling the pictures;

Being made during heyday of the British car industry, she’s a K-E-E-P-E-R.

Congratulations and best wishes!

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Congratulations 51morris! It is a lovely car and she has landed up in the right hands. As you have mentioned, one can rarely find cars with such impeccable service history and documentation and once you do you have to jump for it. Mini Cooper looks best in Red Need to see the car in flesh!
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Thanks, Zibby! Good to see your Mini.

Going by the black bumpers, grille and side mirrors - that looks like a 1.3L Mini Sprite. Am I right?

Hope to see the resto thread here soon!
Yes its a Mini Sprite. Hopefully one day will get around with the restoration thread.
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Wow, what a beauty!! I am a fan of this car since childhood, thanks to Mr. Bean.

A textbook example of maintaining in "Mint condition". Congratulations to @51Morris and the earlier owner for such care. A delight to see such effort in preserving the car and especially the documentation, in this age of use and throw.
Thank you, Reacher! The lady was simply too meticulous with preserving the car and its history. I hope to continue in her footsteps.

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Beautiful. It is hard to come by cars with such detailed documentation and care.

What is a bit oddball is the plastic steering wheel. Seems out of place in a car like this.

British pride being displayed on those tail lights. They have continued that trend even today.

Do you know the back story about the Mini being sold as rebadged Leyland's? I've seen quite a few in the southern hemisphere at automobile events.
Thanks, Sandeep!

While the steering does look out of place, it being leather wrapped helps. More importantly, once you start driving, none of this matters!!!

Yes, Mini's were produced in Australia till about 1978 IIRC. However, only the Clubman GT, Clubman Van and the Moke were produced there.

With regards to the Union Jack tail lamps, I was always a fan of these in the BMW Minis ever since they introduced it in 2019 (I think). One day while browsing on eBay, I came across decals that would add this classic British touch to my classic Mini. Simply loved it.

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That is one lucky car. It is getting passed on from one caring owner to another! Can’t stop ogling the pictures;

Being made during heyday of the British car industry, she’s a K-E-E-P-E-R.

Congratulations and best wishes!
Thank you, landcruiser! I hope to take care of the car as well as the previous owner did for 25 years.

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Congratulations 51morris! It is a lovely car and she has landed up in the right hands. As you have mentioned, one can rarely find cars with such impeccable service history and documentation and once you do you have to jump for it. Mini Cooper looks best in Red Need to see the car in flesh!
Thanks, Sumitro!

Absolutely right - it is not often that such time capsules are available. I jumped on it as soon as I learnt of his history. The moment I saw it, I knew I wanted it. And yes, the red colour did help!!

Definitely need to catch up with you one of these weekends.

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