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#1 Zigwa14

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 06:20 AM

Hi all,
I am restoring 13 minis mostly mark 1 and mark 11, 1x1275 and 1 1963 cooper. These cars suffered from lack of parts here in Zimbabwe but mostly look original I am struggling to establish what these cars would originally looked like. My question is which is the best resource to establish the original specs of minis

#2 DeadSquare


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 10:22 AM

Advertising brochures would give you colours, badges and stripes etc, if you type in Classic Mini Advertising Brochures, and just look at the pictures.


There were so so many different specs, not just engines from 803-848-970-997-998-1071-1098-1275, but fittings like ignition key start, a heater or self parking wipers, that they run into the hundreds, if not thousands, so the body and engine numbers would be needed by anyone that can help.

Edited by DeadSquare, 10 September 2019 - 10:23 AM.

#3 Vinay-RS


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 12:00 PM

I think all the Minis in Zim were CKD cars, so they should share all the details with the UK cars. I think. Happy to hear that you're restoring them. I've seen pictures of Minis in Zim and they looked like they could use some TLC. 

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 08:55 PM

....which is the best resource to establish the original specs of minis

That depends on where they were made....

If they were UK built cars imported to Zimbabwe then there are lots of people on the forum who can help

If they were South African built cars imported to Zimbabwe then there are a few people such as Vinay-RS & Jared Mk3 who can help

If they were BMC Rhodesia cars assembled at Umtali (now Mutare) by the Austin Motor Co. (Pvt) Ltd then things get a bit trickier (you can tell them by the pop riveted 'Assembled In Rhodesia' plate).

                    They were assembled from CKD kits shipped from the UK but using 20% local content. Haven't been able to find any pictures of the unique Rhodesian interiors but these links might be of interest to you for further research-




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