1968 Austin Mini Panelvan
This is a very original South African built Austin Mini Panelvan. The South African built panel-vans and Utes were very spartan from new in order to save on costs. They were built with fixed front panels as opposed to the removable chrome grilles of the Australian cars, with very little in the way of creature comforts in the cabin.
Freshly restored in its original Clipper Blue the car presents as new. This little gem was very original and straight to start off with. Unfortunately, the side panels had already been cut out and windows fitted many years ago. No rust or major body repairs were required during the restoration. The car was stripped and repainted in its original colour - engine bay and underbody included. . New door and window rubbers were fitted during the assembly of the car.
All chassis components were sandblasted and repainted, with new polyurethane bushes and suspension components fitted all round. The original numbers matching 998cc engine was running strongly prior to the restoration, so the motor was partially stripped for a cosmetic refresh, full service, new seals and gaskets. The gearbox is good and shifts well with no grating. The radiator has had a new core fitted and the tank pressure tested prior to being refitted to the car. A new exhaust has been fitted as well as NOS 10" rims, wheel trims and new tyres. The brakes have been overhauled with new lines, seals and rear cylinders. Silicone brake fluid has been used in the entire system.
The interior has a new headlining and the seats have been recovered. New carpets and an original steering wheel round off a very basic interior. The car will come with its original jack, wheel spanner, owners manual, workshop manual and file with receipts.
This very rare and desirable little mini will land in Australia towards the end of January 2018. There will be nothing left to be spent on this car and we will have it registered in Australia prior to sale.
Don't miss out on this little gem......