Author Topic: A sad sight - worth someone restoring?  (Read 948 times)

Offline MPlayle

A sad sight - worth someone restoring?
« on: December 22, 2017, 06:51:52 PM »
Found this listed very recently on Auto Trader Classics: An 1969 Innocenti Traveler that apparently was flood damaged by Sandy.

https://classics.autotrader.com/classic-cars/1969/mini/other_mini_models/100940600


Offline LarryLebel

Re: A sad sight - worth someone restoring?
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2017, 07:29:11 PM »
The damage looks mostly cosmetic to me. Drain the headlight buckets and spend $2K to fix the damage and another $2K to refurbish the motor. It would have to be a DIY project to be financially worthwhile.

Offline MiniDave

Re: A sad sight - worth someone restoring?
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2017, 07:48:53 PM »
Wasn't Sandy like 3 years ago? If it's had water in it for 3 years it will be more than just draining the headlights...the good news is these cars are simple enough and parts are well available......
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT

Offline MPlayle

Re: A sad sight - worth someone restoring?
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2017, 09:10:42 PM »
It needs all of the wood refinished (some needs remounted as well).  It also needs significant interior work/cleanup.  The front turn signals also have the same rusting as the headlights.  Those two are indicators of the likelihood of significant hidden rust form salt water exposure and then being left to sit for all this time.

The car may also have been an insurance write-off from the storm and is now being resurrected as a project car.


Offline BruceK

Re: A sad sight - worth someone restoring?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2017, 08:56:40 AM »
Any estate Mini is pretty rare, but an Innocenti estate is really rare.   Based upon how crusty the bottom seat tubes are I'd say they sat for quite a while in water - or maybe the carpets just stayed damp.

For under $5K it might be worth it.  Difficult to say until seeing it in person.
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville

Offline MiniDave

Re: A sad sight - worth someone restoring?
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2017, 10:54:49 AM »
Rust repairs, new instruments, new interior, paint job, new wood, all new wiring, all new electrics, engine/trans overhaul, suspension overhaul.......it's a complete do-over IMHO.

I wouldn't take this on if the car were free, you'd easily have $25K in it if you did most of the work yourself. I know they've redone much worse cars in England, but gad this is a lot of work!
1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
1969 Jaguar XK-E FHC
2004 Audi Allroad 2.7 TT