I see David Brown automotive who build the half million quid 60's Aston martin pastiche GT based on Jaguar XKR has started to sell rebuilt and re-engineered Mini's for Â£50,000 (starting price).
It's quite an interesting idea given the popularity of the old Mini's. The guy I rent my lockup off has 3 totally fucked ones sitting in the back of his garage. A few years ago I used to think he should just weigh them in them off as they're so fucked and take up a load of space. However recently he's had a few people trying to buy them off him although he's not interested.
Apparently there's 1000 hours in each car. Probably 950 hours fixing rust then the rest to finish the rest of the car. It looks good other than the LED lights obvz.
There interior looks nice probably a bit ott but probably right enough for the target market who's likely just going to park in their collection and probably wouldn't feel the love for the single pod you got in the Mini 850.
It looks like they've tweaked the chassis a bit but it's still got an a-series although it has 50% more power. That makes it 30bhp then then, lol smiley face rolley eyes. . Still 4 speed.
Unfortunately the back lights look wank. I'd pay extra not to get these.
There seems to be quite a few company's doing this kind of thing now especially in the states.
There's a company called ICON who've almost productionised the reworking of the old Ford Bronco's with up to date suspension parts and a coyote v8 engine from the mustang.
They do look good and no doubt make them more drivable and I guess they're probably bringing back some cars that wouldn't justify a traditional resto. It must work as these bronco's have an 18 month waiting list.