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Ex Mini Owner, Whose Son Now Wants One

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#1 GaryDVO

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 11:57 AM



Many years ago back in the mid 80s my first car was a 68 Mini 850 deluxe £50.00 which failed its MOT before I drove it. This was replaced by a 74 Minivan which I owned until that dissolved. Wish I still had it; yes I dream of driving it. Here it is when I 1st had it, then about a year before it dissolved


A few weeks after ownership with a s/h chrome grill




Three years later






Loved the rusty old thing, it was as slow as a snail did 60 to the gallon and was great fun at 40mph.


Well over 30 years later and my 17 year old son now wants a real Mini as his 1st car, hence me here as needing advice for insurance for a 17 year old.


My cars today are very different than a Mini a Lotus Elise used when ever I can rain sun and snow (1999 owned from new now near 200k miles), and a 98 BMW 7 for weekends and family stuff.




The wife has a Mitsi L200,


So to cover all bases a Mini is required in the fold.

Edited by GaryDVO, 07 September 2017 - 01:44 PM.

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 12:17 PM

Damn cannot edit the title.



#3 Northernpower


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:02 PM

Damn cannot edit the title.



Yes you can, click on the first post and click edit, on the bottom of the edit screen click on "use full editor". This enables you to edit the title. 

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:45 PM


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 04:51 PM

Barry Granger are pretty good re Minis, but not sure on for a 17 yr old...not sure either but newly passed drivers could do a pass-plus course of lessons and save as much as 40% with certain insurance companies. You may need to talk to an ADi driving instructor.

  We are doing a 1972 van at the moment

Edited by Retroman, 07 September 2017 - 04:53 PM.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 10:20 AM

We have shaken on a Mini 25 which we will pick up this week, pics to follow.


A mini is back in the fold :D

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 04:10 PM

At home now.


36941048473_0e9b7093c4_k.jpgUntitled by Gary Bate


23758728748_84a6a05e65_k.jpgUntitled by Gary Bate


Only non standard is the exhaust and alloy wheels.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 04:20 PM

Looks very tidy :mrcool:

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 07:55 AM

You should chat to Ben_O on this forum. He knows a lot about these Mini 25s and is/was restoring a Mini25. Your car looks stunning and welcome back to the Mini world :) 

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 08:57 AM

Lovely purchase. Very nice Elise too. Definitely on the bucket list for me at some point.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 05:54 PM

A mini was my first car at 18! (21 now). I got insured with Adrian Flux for around £2,000 with a 5,000 mile a year policy with the car valued at £4,000. It's a 1275 too. Although I will admit my 'mods' aren't declared.


I live in a shady part of Birmingham, but it is garaged so it may vary! I didn't think it was that bad considering how much my friends were paying for their modern cars!

Edited by Arthy, 12 October 2017 - 05:59 PM.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 06:14 PM

When I was 18 Footman James were the cheapest by far on my mini 30 with a 1380 engine and some other bits all declared. 

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 06:28 PM

That's a lovely looking 25!

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:14 PM

Welcome  - Nice 25! Secure the hell out of it!!! Looks like stage 1 kit already fitted and wheels a definite improvement  on the originals (apart from on the originality stakes- on that the wheel spats aren't original either but nice all the same)...from pics looks a really really good resto.....


Hope Dad gets to have a good go ;-)

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 10:42 PM

There's a few more items than just the wheels, arches and stage one kit that are non standard. But, if your ever decide to upgrade those parcel shelf speakers for some 6x9's, I'd pay good money for them (and parcel shelf the carpet).

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