Ref: P85 OEV
SMC Heritage are proud to present this incredible 1997 Mini 1275 Mpi Restomod.
The SMC Heritage collection is a celebration of the best of the best of modern classics whereas SMC Automotive’s forte is very much modification. Sometimes the best of both worlds meet and that is SMC Atelier. We are proud to put the SMC Atelier label on this incredible Mini completely rebuilt by Huddersfield Mini Spares in 2016 and dry stored since. The term Restomod is often over used but in this instance it is perfect.
Provenance (the base car):
When putting significant investment into a restomod project it makes absolute sense to start with the best base you can find so a low mileage, low owner and impeccably maintained example was found in P85 OEV.
Built in 1997 to UK Balmoral Edition Specification it was supplied new on 29th April 1997 by Lookers Hadleigh official Rover Main Dealers. A late model example it features not only the newer and easier to live with MPI engine a upgraded heating and cooling system but also a factory airbag steering wheel making it much better equipped for modern motoring. The original fully stamped service book, Instructions manual and immobilizer card are still present in the original leather book pack alongside a folder full of old MOTs and invoices for maintenance and repair.
With well documented ownership and servicing plus a huge array of invoices for maintenance it really was a lovely useable example and therefore the perfect base for the next stage of its life.
Having been fully restored by Huddersfield Mini Spares including new wings, doors and front panel the bodywork is fabulous. Repainted in a stunning retro Italian job blue with gloss black roof and sportpack arches. This retro period look is further enhanced by early style tail lights, bullet mirrors, angel eye headlights and 13 inch Supalight alloys to perfectly fill the new wide track arches. All rubbers and exterior chrome were also replaced during the rebuild. We have photos and invoices on file documenting the build and expenditure.
The interior is retro perfection. The factory cream cloth and wood has been replaced with freshly retrimmed cord Cobra seats and matching doorcards. The wood dash has been replaced with a more appropriate piano black finish. Needless to say the retrimmed interior is in superb order and has been further updated with chrome and billet accessories throughout. The dash and the switchgear are fully functional and free from damage. The carpets where also replaced during the refurb. The boot has been carpet lined and is totally immaculate. The Audio system has been tastefully updated throughout. The factory Britax Sunway full length sunroof is in perfect order and makes this a perfect summer cruiser whether you are on the Kings road or heading to Salcombe.
With just 74,000 miles and having undergone a full documented bareshell restoration by a well loved marque specialist this mini offers a fantastic route in to restomod modern classic ownership as either a depreciation proof daily driver or a weekend toy to polish, show and enjoy.
If you are looking for a great usable retro cruiser with great history then you need to see this car. The vehicle will be MOT’d and fully service by SMC Heritage prior to collection for complete peace of mind
Further upgrades available please ask our team for details
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01244 539760 or 07890 000145 or 07710 096345
We are always looking for high quality, low mileage classic and modern classic cars and bikes with good service history from the early 60s to the mid 00’s. If you are looking to take the hassle out of selling your pride and joy privately please don't hesitate to get in touch