Heavily Modified 1976 Austin Mini with B16A VTEC Engine - SHOW Condition

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Technical specifications

Model:Classic Mini
Type:2 door
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Interior Color:Black / silver
Engine:Honda B16A
Trim:Black / silver custom vinyl
Number of Cylinders:4
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So after huge personal debate and some emotion I have decided to offer up for sale my cherished Mini. This build was completed a couple of years ago and was around 10 – 12 years in the making. This is a right hand driver 1976 Austin Mini with Honda engine conversion. Car has been on front cover of Mini World Magazine (November 2011) and due to lack of use - still looks like it did when photographed for the magazine. Car has travelled less than 900 km since rebuild.

There is so much to detail about the car to share but as a rough overview this started life as a Mini 1000 1 lady owner car which I was lucky enough to purchase around 15 years ago. Over a period of a decade the car was totally stripped to a bare metal shell and gently modified to form the final creation. The standard length shell houses an imported front subframe to hold the Honda engine (designed by an American aeronautical engineer B. Campbell), the drive shafts are custom one-piece Honda / Mini hybrids, below is list of just some of the modifications / parts used:

B16A 1600 VTEC engine (175BHP) (originally from a 1993 Honda Del Sol) – Engine had 140K on clock at time of purchase, engine was then freshened up by way of replacement water pump, head off, valves machined and faced, new seals throughout, new cam belt/ tensioner, new clutch, oil / filter, new rocker cover, new leads, ignition, plugs, POD filter, injectors, fuel filter.
New Minisport front brake disc assemblies with uprated grooved /cross drilled discs, greenstuff pads
Imported US subframe with custom hybrid driveshafts (Honda / Mini)
Brake booster (discretely mounted under front driver wing)
Re-located Honda alternator (located under passenger front wing)
Walbro electric fuel pump with additional fuel filter – Stainless braided fuel line and flow gauge
Custom Interior including modified / adapted Dihatsu Mira Dash, custom console, re-upholstered Honda CRX front seats, re-upholstered and modified rear Mini seat, custom door card, new carpets, sound deadening (including Dynamat underneath), Mini Sport leather wheel, new hood lining, custom door arm rests (with integrated lights), door pockets
Electric windows, tinted
Autogauges – Speedo / Fuel / Oil pressure, Water Temp, Oil Temp, volts, Revs
Fully rebuilt rear subframe, custom coloured with POR15 (special top coat), chrome subassemblies, new everything (all built to show standard)
Zeemax full body kit
Adjustable suspension, Koni dampers, aftermarket front replacement springs (red), chrome rear anti-roll bar.
Rover Freelander Rear lights carefully worked into body.
De-seamed shell, (professionally done)
New door skins (professionally done)
MK 1 style bonnet, with new stainless MK1 grille / surround
13” Mini light wheels with yokohama rubber (still new condition which will give you an idea of how much the car has been used!)
Body fully bead blasted to bare metal, sealed, underside POR15 coated (3 applications), then undersealed, all internal inaccessible cavities of the shell have been saturated with wax oil. Full professional paint job with hours and hours of blocking, top coats in ‘PPP Purple reigns’ which is a flip paint (goes from Blue to Purple in certain lights), clear coat sealed
All modifications certified – to pass New Zealand strict compliance regulations - fully road legal
So many extras from ahh-hooga horn, alarm, CD player, Sony speakers 6/9” + 5” + 4”, Halogen headlamps, LED front lamps, internal bonnet release, kill switch, chrome pedals and more I can’t think of right now!

I can’t list all the parts here – but I did keep a record of the total amount of cash invested in the build (specific for parts and paid labour) and this came out at close to $60K. But in addition to this cost - I cannot stress just how many 1000’s of hours have gone into this build, but they were all spent in passion and with a desire to achieve a quality outcome. This is not throw together build and so much work has been done to try and achieve a solid reliable car. One of the biggest challenges undertaken with this car was to create the conversion without lengthening the bodywork (a common approach taken Internationally to fit the bigger engine in). From day 1 I was determined to leave the original length of the car and find a way to fit it all under the hood (even though it was a right hand drive).

After spending thousands of hours building this vehicle and so much mental energy – I just can’t bring myself to do anything that could risk put the car at risk (ie driving!). I thought I would get better over time, I thought I would be able to let the enjoyment of driving overcome the fear of damage – but it’s just not happening. I gave myself a year to think about it, but that’s all I did – not drive it! So I have decided to offer the car up for sale so someone else can get enjoyment from it (rather than it hiding in the garage day after day).

Car was on front cover of Mini world International Magazine 2012 and included in Performance Car NZ 2012 (free copies of both magazines with purchase of the car).

The whole build was documented at the following site:

Also published at eBay.com

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