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#1 OFFLINE   cort16

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 09:47 AM

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 £50,000 (starting price).

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:10 AM

Agreed about the rear lights on the mini. Apart from that not bad.
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:15 AM

To be fair, that Aston is a thing of absolute beauty and the Mini looks ace.


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:16 AM

I think in all of these cases I'd rather have an exceptionally sorted original one.

Having said that, upon winning the lottery I'll be shipping my X1/9 over to these guys to have them put a Honda k20 in it (210 flippin bhp)

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:20 AM

I saw one of those 'Astons' coming off the Hull ferry, it did look good.
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:22 AM

That ICON company also do a derelict series of 50's and 60's cars, which have the do-not-paint original exterior but have re-done interiors and modern LS running gear.

 

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I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:23 AM

Here it is on Jay Leno's garage

 


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:24 AM

I like the Mini - the flared arches are well proportioned and they've not messed with the neatness of the design.  However, I doubt that my internal organs could survive for long with apparently reduced suspension travel and modern roads.



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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:26 AM

There's a fair few companies doing this sort of thing now, and some do it really well. The 'Aston' looks good bar the stupidly sized wire wheels- get some sidewall on ffs!
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:26 AM

I'm not sure what to think of them really. They're really expensive and to 'people in the club' they'll always just be fakes and not 'original' enough for them no matter how good or bad they are.

If I had the money to make my own car company then I'd have my own designs, but then of course they wouldn't sell half as well as these

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:29 AM

I wonder what Aston Martin make of it?

 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:37 AM

^^ That rear seat looks bloody dangerous if you ask me


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:39 AM

To be fair, it is rear facing.  I think they've overdone the spoiler though.


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:47 AM

Mini looks great, love the interior. I'd deffo gaffer tape some original rear light clusters over those horrible trailer ones though.


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:47 AM

I don't think that seat is for when the car is driving. I think it's meant for sitting on when you're at the races or polishing your shotguns.


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:51 AM

:-D  :-D .  Really?

 

I would expect more padding and wine glass holders for the price.



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Posted 17 April 2017 - 11:13 AM

Mini, yes. Agreed on the back lights.

As for the Aston though...
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Give me a Bronco instead.
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 11:15 AM

I like the Aston thing, I think they've made it work in spite of the modern thin tyres/massive rear quarters.
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 11:32 AM

Aston I like and half a mil is cheaper than a real DB5 these days. Mini I'm not so sure about - it just looks like all the other modified Minis on the show scene these days and there's not a lot at first sight to distinguish this 50 grand hand-crafted special from something an enthusiastic owner knocked up in his garage. I reckon a skilled Mini fan could build something a lot like that for a lot less than 50 grand.


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 11:43 AM

Those Minis are OK, but what they need is more sportspack arches, union jacks and stickers of someone pissing on a BMW roundel etc


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 11:50 AM

I like that Mini - including the rear lights :)

 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 12:19 PM

Meh, £50k will buy a lot of Austin Allegros and base Sierras...

 

The Mini looks nice enough but I'd prefer a beige mk3 with a brown vinyl interior on steel wheels and dented hubcaps.


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 12:21 PM

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 12:26 PM

This is a 50k Mini. From its golden era when it was a serious car and not a joke as per Mr Bollox's post above.

 

 

 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 12:46 PM

The Speedback is the most Cheshire car ever created. 

And not in a good way. Never in a good way. Like one of Mitsuoka's less talented designers wanked themselves into a coma and their family finished off what they were doing via free association. 


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 01:11 PM

Not sure it's that Cheshire tbh - silver haired 67 year old international Germans with polo necks and trophy wives?

 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 01:15 PM

That looks like a Rover 75 has arse ended a mk1 mondeo whilst running on Halfords special alloys, truly Gopping.
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 01:21 PM

Not sure it's that Cheshire tbh - silver haired 67 year old international Germans with polo necks and trophy wives?

 

See also: Weismann Roadster.

 

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I can't stand R-Rs and Bentleys from that era, sorry. 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 01:55 PM

The point I'm not getting is thus.

 

If you dislike a car that much, that you require it modified to the extent those Minises are

until it takes your fancy, then why would you spend any money at all on it, let alone 50 grand?

Why don't you take the money and just buy a car you like as it is, without any mods?


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 02:18 PM

Cars for the more money than functioning braincells type, those rear lights on that Mini, someone should be shot in the cock for them, hideous, Johnathan Ward is also responsible in the US for heaps of shit suddenly being worth a fortune, he's even pissed about with old Rolls Royces, he clearly knows that the richer people often are, the more stupid they are, and they fall for whatever bullshit he tells them in his quest to perform open wallet surgery on them


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