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#1 f3ieky

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 02:01 PM

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#2 f3ieky

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 02:04 PM

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#3 mini_sam

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 02:10 PM

Hello and Welcome!! i think i will be after a clubby sometime this year, but when quoted on insurance, the thing is, like any car which is sporty is high in insurance for a 1st car, just the "GT" at the end of the name makes it sound sporty and desirable so automatically, your asking for high insurance. I think that a 1300 metro engine mini would most likely be cheaper than clubby too (dont count me on that) So welcome, there is all my help lol, im drained now! :(
good luck with getting your mini, im still after mine!!

#4 Jammy

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 02:12 PM

Well there isn't really much advantage of the Clubman over the round nose. Clubmans do give you more room to work on the engine, but this is still a bit limited. Some purists don't really like the Clubman but I think most people accept them now (kind of a united front against the common enemy, the BINI!!).

ON the insurance side of things, a 998 will be alot cheaper than a 1275 GT. Especuially when an insurance company will only look at the GT part of the badge and hike the price up. But then again it depends on how long you've been driving, NCB, are you live, etc.

#5 mini_sam

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 02:12 PM

oops, how do i delete a post?

#6 f3ieky

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 02:39 PM

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#7 Purple Tom

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 04:08 PM

any 1275GT will have front discs. 1969 up to 1974 (?) 1275GT's will have 7.5" disc assemblies (and run on 10" wheels - much better handling), and '74 up to the last in 1980 will have 8.4" discs (and run on 12" wheels - good but not as good as 10's for handling!)

The Clubman also started the 'Mark 3' type interior, with the gauges in front of the driver, rather than in the central speedo pod. 998cc and 1098cc Clubbies will have a 2 clock pod, with speedo and temp/fuel gauges - and 1275GT's have a tacho (rev counter) added.

You are right in your observation that the Clubman is a mini apart from differences in the front panels. In my humble opinion they are better than the roundnose, but everyone has a different opinion! Running gear and everything else is identical to the roundnose. The headlights are the same, still the pants 7" sealed beam units - anyone with any sense upgrades them to halogen. Grille designs are 100% up to you if you make your own!! I like the standard ones, think they're the nicest to be honest, although some mesh ones don't look bad.

Going back to the discs, if you really wanted a Clubby, but can't get insured on a 1275GT, then you could always upgrade a 998/1098 Clubby to discs. This is the route I went initially, with my 1978 1098cc Clubby. Its quite costly, my conversion was a tad over £700, but so worth it with the extra stopping power (I went for 4-pot alloy calipers too). I know you said you'd rather not do the conversion, but its not as hard as it sounds as long as you're patient and do things properly, and its soooo worth it!

Insurance wise, as you're 18 most specialist companies won't insure you, as they cover over 19 or over 21's. You could try Adrian Flux, who are very good, and also Performance Direct. Your best bet is to find a Clubby with drums, and what you save on insurance over a 1275GT you can spend on discs!

If you're lucky you may be able to find a set of second hand Cooper 'S' 7.5" disc assemblies that will fit the Clubby.

Alternatively, spend about £50 on a set of 8.4" disc assemblies from any Mini 1984 onwards, but then you'll have to go up to 12" wheels from a Clubby's standard 10".

Rambling on a bit there, I hope it helps though!!

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Tom

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 04:22 PM

hello and welcome to the mini forum

enjoy the site

#9 jimbo_edmondo

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Posted 13 June 2005 - 09:07 AM

Hi, enjoy...

#10 Will

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Posted 13 June 2005 - 10:19 AM

hi and welcome.

Am i right in thinking that a 1275 gt would come under classic insurance or is that only for limited milage etc ????

#11 Jammy

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Posted 13 June 2005 - 12:40 PM

Is seem insurance companies will tend to insure anything over 10 years on a classic insurance (I was told I could put my 1991 J reg Escort on a classic policy!!!), but you tend to only get these policies from the more specialist insurance companies and most of them you have to be at least over 18, if not 21!

#12 CharlieBrown

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Posted 13 June 2005 - 04:16 PM

Welcome to the site.

Good luck with getting a mini! :(

#13 f3ieky

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 10:47 AM

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