Considering purchasing an early car to restore. How common are these now and where is the best place to look?
How Rare Are Early Coopers Requiring Restoration?
Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:48 PM
A rusted out shell with a V5 and a few boxes of bits are around six thousand pounds or more these days.
Its the same with vintage motorcycles, its cheaper to buy a decent one to start with.
Posted 12 February 2019 - 08:39 PM
Posted 12 February 2019 - 10:31 PM
The mechanical spec is very similar to an S and they do drive well.
Once correctly restored they are simply delightful.
All are LHD as no RHD ones were allowed to be built
I wish I still had mine.
Posted 12 February 2019 - 11:09 PM
Well, decided against that fairly swiftly, would rather a Porsche :) 944/68 or a 997 plenty to choose from at those price points.
Posted 12 February 2019 - 11:14 PM
Posted 12 February 2019 - 11:34 PM
I always fancied one but have always prefered the Clubman and GT which is why I never really bothered. Had a quick look on a few websites and they are overpriced for what they are, sorry. Whilst we all love the Mini I would imagine we all also like other marques and I'd rather have some fun with something more affordable, if not a Porsche then a TR or Austin etc. Just looking for another project for when I have completed my GT.
Posted 13 February 2019 - 01:14 AM
If it's value you seek why not look at a MINI.. just as much fun as a Mini but cheaper. There are more of them to buy and frankly better suited to modern motoring. An early 00's R53 is in my opinion just as much fun as any Cooper S I ever drove (flame suit on)
Posted 13 February 2019 - 05:17 PM
More affordable, but from the same era are the Sunbeam Rapier, Ford Zephyr/Zodiac, MGB, TR4 & 5, Triumph 2000, Ford Cortina GT, A-H Sprite Mk.1 & 2., etc. A lot of choice there with many great cars to choose from. I do keep being tempted to look for a good Rapier.
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