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1983 Austin Mini Van

MAKEAustin
MODELMini Van
REGISTRATIONCLX 540Y
ENGINE SIZE1275
TRANSMISSIONManual
MILEAGE54,757
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE1983
MOT EXPIRY DATE12/07/2023
CURRENT V5
COLOURBritish Racing Green
INTERIORGrey cloth seats

1983 Austin Mini Van

  • Fully restored
  • Just 9,000 miles in the last 10 years
  • 1275cc engine fitted
  • Overhauled throughout
  • In British Racing Green with Old English White Roof
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Description

  • Fully restored
  • Just 9,000 miles in the last 10 years
  • 1275cc engine fitted
  • Overhauled throughout
  • In British Racing Green with Old English White Roof

What a pleasure it is to not only see a Mini Van, but to be asked to bring it to market.

The Mini Van was produced by BMC in both Morris and Austin flavours. It was based on the longer Traveller/Countryman floor pan but obviously minus side windows.  Once widespread, they were a popular choice as a light commercial from the moment of launch in 1963 to the end of production.  Simply built, humbly equipped and solidly reliable they were everywhere. Sadly, few remain. Even project Mini vans command a premium. In this condition, they are rare as rocking horse teeth.

Background/History

Our vendor, Mike, has owned this Mini Van for 7 years. As a member of the same Mini Club, he knew the previous owner and Mike managed to buy the van from him in 2015.

And what a Van it is! Fully restored and retrimmed. The on-line MOT shows less than 1,000 miles per year for the last 10 years with not even one advisory note in all that time!

Under Mike’s ownership he has made some additional improvements:

  • A respray in the iconic British Racing Green (1972)
  • New carpet fitted
  • The steering wheel was changed to a smaller one
  • New dash was fitted– sourced from Mini specialists, Downton Engineering (Reading)
  • Oversized speakers were removed from the doors and smaller ones fitted into air vents
  • At the back end, a towing hitch was removed and a previous owner has screwed a huge number plate into the door. Mike ensured that the holes were filled and attended to before the respray
  • Bumpers were added and a “proper” registration plate with D shaped lights was fitted

Our very honest vendor, Mike, has advised that the only niggle are some small specks of paint on the driver’s side door frame that have worn and just need a touch up. Image is in the gallery

Inside

The interior is not in the bare utilitarian state we normal see these in. It is a brilliant blend of period updates but keeping the Mini Van feel:

  • Brushed alloy six-dial dash board
  • Glove box space
  • Pioneer radio plus speakers
  • Original central rocker switch panel
  • Manual choke pull
  • Two cloth covered front seats
  • Matching door card covers
  • Grey floor covering

The rear of the Mini Van hasn’t been overlooked either. Usually these are bare metal, with a couple of rubber mats as an afterthought

  • Fitted grey carpet throughout
  • Wheel arches boxed and carpeted
  • Half carpet on side panels

The fitting-out of the rear has been carefully thought out, prepped and very well executed. It does look great. There’s also a bench seat that comes with the Van.

Outside

The gallery is packed full of images. You’ll make up your own mind about the condition, we’ll pick a  few stand-outs.

  • In classic British Racing Green with an Old English White roof – it looks stunning
  • The front panel has been updated to accommodate the chrome grille
  • Rear quarter bumpers
  • All the brightwork looks sparkly
  • An original roof vent
  • Bendy roof aerial with chrome nodule attached to the roof for ham radio enthusiasts
  • Chrome tailpipe
  • All the usual suspects for tin worm, the sills, gutter rails, A-panels, etc all look sound

Mike also told us that “the driver and passenger doors I believe are from a saloon as they are hinged from the inside not outside.” 

The chrome mirrors are a lovely touch in themselves and give a great insight into the attention to detail, care and thoughtfulness that has gone into bringing this Mini Van back to life without overdoing it. All at once it is both amazing and amazingly subtle too!

Mechanical

As you’d expect, the theme of careful, period upgrades continues. The 1275cc Metro unit engine has been extensively overhauled.

  • Rebore and regrind
  • GT pistons fitted
  • New cam bearings and followers
  • New core plugs, oil and water
  • Timing chain and tensioner
  • Big ends and mains
  • Oil pressure valve and spring
  • Oli pump
  • New rocker shaft with recon rockers
  • New gasket, seal and ancillary set

The gear box hasn’t escaped attention either

  • Fully stripped, cleaned and checked
  • Crown wheel replaced to 2.9
  • Preload reset
  • Gaskets, oils and other items replaced as required

Plus front brake discs have been fitted

All in all, the mechanical side of things, this Mini Van is built for reliability, driveability and fun. The modern-ish makeover with many upgrades means you can just jump in and enjoy this marvellous Mini Van

Summary

Well, you can all see for yourselves just how good this Mini Van is. You don’t need us to take your watch from you and tell you the time.

What we have seen in recent years is the rise and rise and rise again of small commercial classic vehicles. Their quirkiness, originality and now utter scarcity have driven prices far higher than their classic car siblings.

In good condition, Mini Vans like other classic commercials are highly prized. We would just add. Our vendor is very grounded and he has reserved this Van to sell. In our view someone is going to grab a very, very good Mini Van and at a discount to the current market. Good luck. Please get in touch with us if you’d like any more information.

Vehicle Location: Reading, Berkshire RG2 – it’s the responsibility of the winning bidder to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor.

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
d**************k £9,000.00 2022-08-11 09:36:47
d**********s £8,000.00 2022-08-09 17:51:11
d**************k £7,000.00 2022-08-09 09:35:44
d**********s £6,000.00 2022-08-09 05:24:41
d**************k £5,000.00 2022-08-08 13:47:45
j********0 £4,000.00 2022-08-06 20:48:52
d**********s £3,000.00 2022-08-05 16:50:40
Start auction £3,000.00 02/08/2022 11:00 PM

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