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1978 Morris Mini Convertible
This 1978 Leyland Mini Convertible is a converted Australian-built classic having undergone restoration to its current custom status. It is powered by a 1.275-litre in-line four-cylinder engine which powers the front wheels through a four-speed manual transmission. This car currently shows 98,308km on its odometer.
The Mini has long been held as a British icon, but Australians loved the small, practical, and efficient hatchback too. Built in Australia under licence from the British Motor Corporation, Australian Minis such as this one were popular in the era for their space-saving compact design which maximised interior space. Having a wheel at each corner of the car ensured a planted, nimble driving character and examples with larger engines (such as this one) were a genuinely entertaining drive. They were not only a viable means of economical transport, they were also an expressive car, such as this highly-modified example which has been converted to a soft-top convertible.
Finished in pearl white on the outside, this eye-catching colour combination pairs with a red interior. The car is characterised by chrome exterior accenting, a black soft-top roof, red roll bar, love heart-shaped side windows, black signature bonnet stripes, walnut burr polished dashboard, and matching walnut burr steering wheel. A set of Mini Supalight 12-inch mag wheels are wrapped in Yokohama tyres. Accentuating the powerful 1275cc engine is a custom exhaust which produces great sound.
This car was originally built and complied in early 1978 in Australia. The current custodian has owned the car for two years, purchasing it from Mini specialists Mini World in New South Wales. Mini World undertook vast restorative works including repainting it to its current colour, added decals, retrimmed the interior, and installed new carpets. The car previously had a 1275cc engine swapped in and was modified to a convertible in the mid-1990s. This work was professionally done and the car received appropriate mod plates. There is no known damage or faults with the car and no outstanding service items are raised.
The exterior condition is excellent, considering the car’s age and mileage. The owner notes the body presents in fine condition with no known scratches, dents, or damage. Paintwork and the chrome detailing has been well taken care of since the repaint, shining nicely in the sun. The custom soft-top shows in good order and fits tight to the car. All four wheels show no curb rash damage and the four tyres show a good level of tread depth.
The interior presents similarly tidy to the exterior, having undergone a retrim in recent years. The red upholstery holds its original shape and shows no signs of cracking, while the woodgrain trims of the dash and steering wheel are polished beautifully. Some markings on the dash panel have been worn, though that’s the extent of wear and tear observed in the interior. The sale does not include service books or history and will be sold with one set of keys.
This listing is to the best of the sellers knowledge and is not misleading or deceptive in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently unregistered and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.
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