BARN FIND ALERT.
BARN FIND ALERT. A classic MINI Hatchback has been unearthed in a lock-up thirty- one years after it last tasted tarmac. And this is no ordinary little car. Why? Because performance tuning specialists Oselli – in one of their earliest conversions – upgraded it to 1125cc specification. Great stuff. Our MINI was registered in 1961 then retired to its unglamorous lock-up in the eighties. It therefore needs lots of work and a new owner to restore its once vibrant blue paint. As such, it will be auctioned at the Barons’ British Heritage Sale at Sandown Park on September 18th 2012. Expect to pay between £7,000 and £10,000. As for the restoration cost... expect to pay a small fortune - followed by a big one.Fancy a less challenging alternative? Try the 1969 Mini Cooper MkII that will actioned alongside its sibling by Barons. This received a 'nut and bolt’ restoration in 2004/5, so it looks tremendous. Some might argue it looks better than new. The restoration included fitting an eighties BMC body shell - plus replacing or repairing the seats, doors, glass, and transmission. What a contrast to the barn find. Since restoration, this classic car has – apparently - never been driven in the wet or in bright sunlight, and only used as a Concours car. This red MINI clearly needs a loving owner, so write a cheque for between £14,500 and £15,500. Wonder how much it cost to restore. Answers on a postcard please.