1979 MINI Classic Cooper
FOR SALE; Barn find 1275GT with exceptional provenance // Just 1 previous owner
EQUIPMENTHeated rear screen, Two speed wipers, Rear quarter lights, Goodman speaker system, Interior light, Twin ‘eyeball’ vents with heater.
EXTERIORThe original round front 1959 Mini design is a tried and true classic, but the 1275 GT marked a unique point in styling for the cult-followed British “People’s Car.” With a boxier front end, 70s flank graphics and unique standard equipment, the 1275 GT is still very much Mini, just with some added flair. Finished in the vibrant shade of Blaze Orange, this little Mini certainly catches your attention. Paintwork whilst not concours, still remains in very honest condition having been stored carefully by the same owner for almost 30 years, to which it has kept its most sought after originality.
INTERIORInside the 1275 GT, you’ll find more updates to the Mini template. The standard car’s trademark central speedo was replaced by a three-dial binnacle in front of the driver, and two ‘eyeball’ vents at either end of the dash provided much improved ventilation. The interior on this example continues the trend of honesty and originality. The headlining, door cards and floor covering all present in excellent overall order, whilst the fabric seats are free from marks or tears – as to be expected from such an under-utilised, lovingly owned example.
ENGINEThe 1275cc engine delivers a mere 59bhp, but thanks to a sharp throttle and short gearing the GT feels eager on the move and produced impressive stats. Having been subtly recommissioned following a long period of dry storage, the engine now fires instantly on demand without any evidence of undue smoke and settles into a steady idle. The four-speed manual gearbox remains tight and precise producing undiminished speed through the gears.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKESThe correct and original 12″ GT styling steel wheels remain on this 1275 GT, all four of which present in good condition given the cars age. Wheels are shod in the correct Dunlop Denovo Runflat tyres.
HISTORY FILEFirst registered on 23rd August 1979, this 1275 GT changed hands to its second owner in January of 1986 and has stayed under their long term ownership for over 30 years!
Having been driven and enjoyed for the first three years, in 1989 it was then put into dry storage to which its originality and condition has been preserved. Remarkably this 1275 GT’s history file still holds many invoices and MOT’s dating back to as early as 1985. The original owners wallet and all handbooks are also present.
This very genuine car still starts on demand and has just been given a clean bill of health with a fresh MOT issued, making it the most ideal candidate for a sympathetic restoration to bring it back to its former glory.
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