SORRY NOW SOLD – SIMILAR WANTED
A dependable Austin Mini 850 Light Van ready for show and promotion
Two rear wide opening doors with safety glass windows and automatic check rods, sliding side windows, curved safety glass windscreen, driver door mirror, double dipping headlamps, washable headlining to cab, large door pockets, full width facia shelf, interior roof light, electric horn, sun visor, recirculatory heater, wiper switch, mixture control. Factory option: Passenger seat.
This nippy Austin Mini Van is finished in Glacier White and boasts a vibrant shine which is the perfect back drop for promotional work. This example is structurally perfect having been subject to a restoration with photos to reveal the detailed progress. The bumpers are in excellent order as is the original metal grill and Mini badge but small blemishes can be seen. The rubbers and lenses are all intact and present very well but the front screen has wiper marks seen at certain angles. The engine bay is clean and suitable for bonnet up display but not factory correct. A wonderful example, perfect for classic car shows or promotional advertising.
The standard black upholstery seats have been retrimmed along with the rest of the interior. Replacement door cards and facia trim along with tailor fitted black carpeting throughout including the load area from Newton Commercial adds a touch of luxury to a basic environment! The Bakerlite steering wheel with Mini badge is well preserved. The small instrument speedometer with warning lights all function correctly. An iconic motoring delight in every respect.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The water cooled, overhead-valve four-cylinder engine mounted transversely has a cubic capacity of 848cc and produces 34bhp. Simple mechanics and instant parts availability allow low cost motoring or even home servicing! The 4-speed gearbox with synchromesh operates well and a new clutch has recently been fitted. Thoroughly useable and ready classic motoring enjoyment!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Pressed steel disc wheels with 4-stud fixing are dressed in classic Mini hubcaps and shod in steel belted 145 SR10 tyres. The spare wheel stowed in a special compartment between the vehicle floor and load space is present. Braking to all four wheels is hydraulically operated by a pendant pedal with two leading shoes at the front, basic and short of modern standards.
This Mini 850 Van has a certified copy of the factory record from The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust confirming a build date of the 6th April 1973 for the home market and was subsequently registered on the 1st June 1973. Still a matching numbers example it was selected by Mr Phillips as the foundation to create his classic commercial van to which countless hours of hard work and expense were invested. Photos in the history file along with numerous invoices all laminated for longevity help substantiate the integrity of this Mini Van being offered. Used purely for enjoyment and classic car shows a new project has prompted the decision to find an appreciative owner.
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