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#1 Shooter63

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 07:58 PM

I'm off to a meeting next week, the guy I'm seeing is BIG into classic cars, mainly very high end stuff, apparently he has the red mini out of the Italian job, could this be true I wonder

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 08:40 PM

No. They were all written off I believe.

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 08:42 PM

None of the original Minis from the film survived, so no not true. There is a however guy who bought the registration numbers of all three Minis from the DVLA, and created three replicas.

Unless he’s talking about the BINI version of the film, then I suppose it could be true.

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 11:19 AM

Wonder if its this one?

 

https://www.flickr.c...57683821742334/

 

HMP729F, not the famous HMP729G.

 

(I was able to remember the reg of the the red one, couldnt tell you off the top of my head what the white and blue ones were!)



#5 Steve220

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 04:38 PM

Not sure if it's the same bloke, but the production company sold him what was left of one of the cars and he had it restored.

https://youtu.be/xoxFOhVq8dM

Edited by Steve220, 24 March 2019 - 04:39 PM.


#6 Dannyboolahlah

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 05:11 PM

Not sure if it's the same bloke, but the production company sold him what was left of one of the cars and he had it restored.

https://youtu.be/xoxFOhVq8dM


So basically, he's got 3 ringers?

#7 Dan the Van

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 05:40 PM

The VIN tags purchased were related to the three reg numbers seen in the film.However,as I understand it and stated in the C4 documentary from some years ago,they had quite a few identical cars as back up and swapped the reg numbers over for filming.So it is quite possible for some of these 'spare'cars to still be around.Not sure how you could prove their provenance,but an interesting notion.

#8 timmy850

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 10:11 PM

Or is it a red 1993 Italian Job Special Edition?



#9 mab01uk

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Posted 25 March 2019 - 07:19 AM

Some more info here:-

http://mk1-forum.net...php?f=5&t=23896



#10 matt615

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Posted 25 March 2019 - 11:02 AM

The three registration numbers in the film weren’t real ones. They were entirely fictional ones picked by the film company. The cars they put them on were actually older than G reg.

It was only in the 2000s that the DVLA realised they could make some money from this, and officially released these registration numbers and sold them at auction.

#11 DeadSquare

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Posted 25 March 2019 - 11:17 AM

More than three cars were used, due to bodywork modifications.



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Posted 25 March 2019 - 11:34 AM

Not sure if it's the same bloke, but the production company sold him what was left of one of the cars and he had it restored.

https://youtu.be/xoxFOhVq8dM

 

 

 

Not sure if it's the same bloke, but the production company sold him what was left of one of the cars and he had it restored.

https://youtu.be/xoxFOhVq8dM


So basically, he's got 3 ringers?

 

 

or some guy sold him three wrecks from the local scrap yard, told him they were in the film and he paid to get those restored.

 

Either way they aren't genuine, none of them are.



#13 beardylondon

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Posted 25 March 2019 - 10:44 PM

All that money to make an Italian Job replica and they can't be bothered to get the font on the number plates right! The mind boggles.  :rolleyes:

 

Wonder if its this one?

 

https://www.flickr.c...57683821742334/

 

HMP729F, not the famous HMP729G.

 

(I was able to remember the reg of the the red one, couldnt tell you off the top of my head what the white and blue ones were!)



#14 matt615

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 06:39 AM

Not sure if it's the same bloke, but the production company sold him what was left of one of the cars and he had it restored.

https://youtu.be/xoxFOhVq8dM

So basically, he's got 3 ringers?

They are 3 random Minis he bought. Then he restored them to look like the Minis from the film . Possibly allegedly using one or two parts from the original cars. The registration numbers were then bought at a DVLA auction and legally transferred onto the cars as cherished registrations.

#15 Bobbins

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 07:17 AM

Whichever way he's arrived at assembling the three Minis he's done a fantastic job and should be commended for it, he's bought whatever was left from the production company and effectively the Minis are more "authentic" than anyone else is going to be able to achieve because there's nothing else left. My daughter knows David and tells me he's a complete Mini enthusiast and goes to the nth degree of detail in everything he does, and as far as I can tell he's not hiding anything.

Stu.




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