This one in fact.. He was given it by his aunt. And the car was given to her by a family she used to work for. And that family got given it by their parents. So only one person had actually ever paid for the car since it was new.
My dad was a poor university student at the time and was excited at the prospect of a free car, working or not (in this case not working). It hadn't been running for quite a few years, at least since before it was given to his aunt. He towed the car off to his dad's shed. Eventually they found out the spark plug leads were in the wrong order, and it ran fine with them all sorted out. He had it for a few years until my parents started to have a family.
My dad then gave it to his dad (my grandpa) in the mid-late 80's where it sat in his shed on their property. He used it for a bit, but soon their road ended up not having enough ground clearance for the mini so it stayed in the shed for a few more years. In the late 80's my grandpa had the car resprayed from Tartan Red all over to red with a white roof, and had the 850 engine swapped for a 998 in 1989. He did a swap from the pudding stirrer to a remote change at some stage too. When they moved into town 15 years ago it was his daily driver for short runs around town.
It looked like this at the end of 2012
It is still in remarkably good shape for it's age, living in dry Australia helps, living less than 1km from the beach doesn't. I've been entrusted with the car since earlier this year (a few weeks before the yearly inspection too) and I've made a few little changes since. I'm aiming for a period style, and trying to preserve as many of the 850 features as I can. I'm sticking to 10's and no flares/wheel arches. There are lots of Coopers and Cooper replicas here, and it's nice to be different for once! I've got a few more posts to show what's happened in the past year or so...
Edited by timmy850, 25 November 2013 - 08:58 PM.