Mk1 project in Southport

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Mk1 project in Southport

Postby ACourtney » Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:12 pm

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mini-Midas-K ... Swu4hapXgn

Complete car in need of total rebuild.
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Re: Mk1 project in Southport

Postby ACourtney » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:38 pm

I see that this car OVC 86W was recorded in the club records as having a 1380 engine (other details are there such as the owner in 1999). One photo shows a number stamped on the cylinder head: MSR 148 005 - I was racking my brain to work out who MSR are/were? MiniSport, or Minispeed perhaps?
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Re: Mk1 project in Southport

Postby benofbrum » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:13 pm

In the 1994 TGT supplement, it was also listed as 1380 and the owner lived in London
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Re: Mk1 project in Southport

Postby Geoff Butcher » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:13 pm

Last tax due 1996, so the present owner has never had it on the road...
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Re: Mk1 project in Southport

Postby ACourtney » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:14 am

Sold for £1242.22!

What would it have fetched a year ago?
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Re: Mk1 project in Southport

Postby Stuart » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:25 am

Slowly going in the right direction, unfortunately I think they may also be getting seen as cheap donors for Mini parts too.
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Re: Mk1 project in Southport

Postby benofbrum » Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:04 am

That is what is happening with Quantums based on the Fiesta XR2
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Re: Mk1 project in Southport

Postby ACourtney » Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:24 am

Stuart wrote:Slowly going in the right direction, unfortunately I think they may also be getting seen as cheap donors for Mini parts too.


That may have been true a couple of years back when Mk1/Mk2 'project' cases were selling for £500-600, but at £1200 there are plenty of Mini donors around.

The fact that the engine could be a 1380 (I would be investigating the MSR number if I was buying it) did not seem to have been picked up by the seller (must still say 1275 on the V5C), so he evidently did not visit the forum!
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Re: Mk1 project in Southport

Postby Stuart » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:14 pm

I have an engine with just MRT on it, 1275 A-series, mine's nothing special though. I wonder if they're from the same company. That one might have an S or 1300 GT engine though given the 11 stud head.
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Re: Mk1 project in Southport

Postby ACourtney » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:48 pm

The good engine builders (Longman, MED, Avonbar, etc) will keep a record for each engine they build and would be able to give you the build spec for the number that they stamped on it. This one had the number MSR 148 005 stamped on the head, so the engine was clearly given a build number by whoever MSR were.
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