Author Topic: Possibly looking for another Mini  (Read 4925 times)

Offline MPlayle

Possibly looking for another Mini
« on: December 21, 2017, 06:56:38 PM »
I am starting to consider getting another Mini to go with the Moke. 

Something to drive and enjoy now while I continue with the Moke's restoration is preferred.

Let me know what you might have or know of.

Budget is flexible depending on the particular car.

Offline BruceK

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2017, 07:35:34 PM »
How about a Cooper S that has been converted into a messy Innocenti clone?






 ;D
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline BruceK

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2017, 07:37:28 PM »
Seriously though, I love looking at Minis for sale, so Iíll do that and post some here in this thread for you to look at.
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline MPlayle

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2017, 07:39:32 PM »
Thanks Bruce.

I did get a laugh out of the suggestion of the current "bitsa" on BAT, but it is not a runner.


Offline MiniDave

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2017, 07:46:19 PM »
Oh.....you want one that runs and drives?   ;D
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MPlayle

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2017, 07:56:30 PM »
Preferably. 

The shop is not scheduled to start the roll bar, top and paint of the Moke until sometime in January.  Initial estimate was 3 to 4 weeks for all the work.  So it is looking like sometime in February for me to begin reassembly.


Offline BruceK

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2017, 08:36:16 AM »
Michael, here are some Minis I found.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/d/morris-mini-cooper-1972/6399297743.html

Clubman estate with wood added
https://columbus.craigslist.org/cto/d/austin-morris-mini/6435120735.html

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/d/1990-mini-cooper-rover-morris/6431264022.html

Some JDM Minis for sale in California that were legally imported to the US.  Since they can't be registered in CA, they really don't have any local buyers.
http://www.minitruckdealer.com/stock_list2.php?location_id=14&mfg_year2=1992&key=&Submit.x=84&Submit.y=4&Submit=Submit

These JDM Minis have been for sale for at least 6 months on this site.  This one is a 1300 and other than the plain wheels, I kinda like it.  http://fedlegalimports.com/jdm-import/1991-rover-mini/

And they also offer this one.
http://fedlegalimports.com/jdm-import/1989-rover-mini-99x/

Some more on Craigslist.  They are automatics but...

https://texarkana.craigslist.org/cto/d/austin-morris-mini-cooper/6428379135.html

https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/d/1984-austin-mini-cooper/6427483016.html









« Last Edit: December 23, 2017, 08:39:09 AM by BruceK »
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

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Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2017, 08:55:00 AM »
This one is south of me. Has AC for your summer driving. I would be glad to check it for you and help any way needed.


https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/d/1967-austin-mini-cooper/6410255408.html


Offline BruceK

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2017, 10:11:38 AM »
This one is south of me. Has AC for your summer driving. I would be glad to check it for you and help any way needed.


https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/d/1967-austin-mini-cooper/6410255408.html

Hey thatís the one I mentioned in another thread. Very unusual since it is LHD and has air-conditioning.    Pretty interesting Mini. 
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline MiniDave

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2017, 10:25:25 AM »
Interesting to see there are still a lot of "rebodied" Minis for sale......
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline BruceK

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2017, 11:57:00 AM »
Yeah, all those re-bodied Minis cycle through new owners.

Here's some more, including this Mk. I Mini right in San Antonio
https://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/d/austin-mini-for-sale-1961-year/6432968520.html

Not my cuppa tea, but...
https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/d/1988-austin-mini-cooper/6376905503.html

A fairly original 850 woody
https://lafayette.craigslist.org/cto/d/1965-austin-mini/6433239061.html

I love the text on this one, it has a 998cc engine that was bored out to 1340cc  (just a slight bit over)   :D
https://mattoon.craigslist.org/cto/d/1984-austin-mini-mayfair/6398399651.html

A Clubman van with added windows.   Seems like from New Zealand to me but it doesn't say that.
https://rockies.craigslist.org/cto/d/austin-mini/6420497989.html

This is different.  Not for sale, but for rent.   Likely to meet the needs of those who are Mini nuts but don't have one yet.
https://denver.craigslist.org/cto/d/rent-an-original-right-hand/6420296619.html


1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline MPlayle

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2017, 11:58:16 AM »
I'll pass on the automatics.

I note that those "dealers" bringing in the JDM ones are all using photos from the Japanese lots - no current photos in the US.  Raises a warning flag to me.

The one in Atlanta has promise.

I am not in a hurry, so keep posting possibilities as you find them.

Bruce posted his second list as I was typing this, so will look through those as well.

Offline BruceK

1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville


Offline MPlayle

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2017, 12:12:01 PM »
It is proving a "small world" as to what is available.  The first 5 of those in Phoenix are all the same seller.  He also has the green Van I used to own and has it jacked up in price and claims credit for all of the work I did to it while I owned it.

Offline BruceK

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2017, 12:12:45 PM »

Something very different, Part 1: a fiberglass Mini made in Chile
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/cto/d/1969-austin-mini-cooper/6417094100.html


Something very different, Part 2:  a chopped and sectioned MiniSprint-like creation
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/d/mini-austin-mini-sprint/6421907491.html
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline BruceK

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2017, 12:17:15 PM »

A pickup
https://slo.craigslist.org/cto/d/rare-austin-mini-cooper-pick/6402004127.html

A Moke, that, based upon the asking price, must be made out of platinum or something.  If "$60K was spent on this restoration" then it must have involved hookers, drugs, or a combination of the two.
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/ctd/d/austin-mini-moke/6398721383.html

1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville


Offline BruceK

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2017, 12:34:50 PM »

After reading dozens of Mini advertisements today with all sorts of claims and "information", I found that most of them fall into one of two categories:  Stupid or Liar.  Meaning either the seller must be the dumbest, most clueless person to be claiming what they claim about the car they are selling.  Or, more likely, the seller is just plain lying and bending the truth, sometimes in outrageous ways.   

Seems like a small percentage is telling the truth.  Why is that?
« Last Edit: December 23, 2017, 12:36:55 PM by BruceK »
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline MiniDave

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2017, 12:37:26 PM »
Of all those posted so far, I think the green one in Fayetteville holds the most promise of a nice ready to drive car for a reasonable price.....the Blue one from Jet motors would be another good choice.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2017, 12:50:47 PM by MiniDave »
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT


Offline MiniDave

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2017, 01:03:07 PM »
Yeah, that Ft Worth blue Mini looks pretty nice too......looks like it will take around $15k to get a nice, unmolested 998 RHD car.
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MPlayle

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2017, 01:12:50 PM »
Lots to sort through and consider.

I had also seen the one at the Ft. Worth dealer as a consideration.


Offline BruceK

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2017, 01:13:12 PM »
It is proving a "small world" as to what is available.  The first 5 of those in Phoenix are all the same seller.  He also has the green Van I used to own and has it jacked up in price and claims credit for all of the work I did to it while I owned it.

Back to my stupid or liar observation. 
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline BruceK

Re: Possibly looking for another Mini
« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2017, 01:36:00 PM »
Lots to sort through and consider.

I had also seen the one at the Ft. Worth dealer as a consideration.

Looks like an honest presentation with good photos, including under the car.  And the dealer's writeup on the car is refreshingly free of BS.   Mileage of 45K is nice and low and they say they have maintenance records.

If the dealer plate wasn't obscruing the number plate, you could run a MOT history check on it.  Since they claim it has a recent MOT, you could call them to get the reg number of the car and then plug it into: https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status     The database should go back to 2005 (if the car was on the road during all that time) and let you know year by year how it did. 
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville