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#1 reymondos

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 08:09 AM

I cannot tell you where this car is, but I am trying to buy it.

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It seems to be a Jolly version of an Elf/Hornet.
From the back it looks like a Riley Elf/Wolseley Hornet Mini derivative. It is full of bespoke details I had never seen on Minis.
The grille is unique with its cut out squares and the front flashers are much larger than usual.
Around the back it looks like any Hornet/Elf but it is badged Austin 850 and has a chrome number plate frame.
The interior is incredible. Pale blue plastic wicker seat backs on custom frames (wooden at the front). Chrome handrail for front and rear passengers, mk1 instrumentation and steering wheel. It must be based on an early Mini as there is a floor mounted starter hole in the floor and the floor dip-switch.
The engine is there and looks very much like an early 850 unit complete with its small air filter housing.
The whole car looks to have been converted in a very professional way, probably by some Italian coach-builder like GHIA who made the Jolly Fiats.

Has anyone on the forum seen anything like this before, or know anything about it?

I would guess it was made as a private island or 5 star hotel runabout, or a 60's superyacht tender, just like the Fiat 500, 600 and Multipla Jolly cars, made by Ghia in Turin.

#2 Tommyboy12

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 08:54 AM

I dont know anything about it but it looks pretty cool! Very clean for its age if it is indeed an early Mini too.

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 09:46 AM

Its either Italian (Innocenti) or Spanish (Authi), may be a few in Australia and elsewhere, but haven't seen one for a very long time......

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 01:26 PM

Its either Italian (Innocenti) or Spanish (Authi), may be a few in Australia and elsewhere, but haven't seen one for a very long time......



It is badged Austin 850 on the rear, there is Austin badge on the steering wheel and two badges on the side. The bonnet badge is missing but it looks like there used to be an Austin sign there too.

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 01:43 PM

somebody will have more info on it for you, mine is a little rusty on the models...... If it has Austin badges it would suggest that it was made in the UK I believe, may be it was a prototype that never went in to production.....

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 02:19 PM

Well I have found this http://www.minimarco...s/beachcar.html

And that lead to this http://www.aronline....ado15beachf.htm

Check out the 5th and 6th picture down!!

Edited by Wil_h, 08 December 2010 - 02:22 PM.


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Posted 08 December 2010 - 02:20 PM

somebody will have more info on it for you, mine is a little rusty on the models...... If it has Austin badges it would suggest that it was made in the UK I believe, may be it was a prototype that never went in to production.....


They seem to be a rare low production built to order car :(

http://www.aronline....ado15beachf.htm

Chris

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 02:33 PM

Yeah its a mini beach car! rare as hell!

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 03:33 PM

Awesome Minis!!! Ha ha. Excellent thread started here!
Wouldn't everybody enjoy driving one of those around during a sunny Sunday. Imagine one with a beast of an engine in.......one turn too sharp and you'd be out the side!!! :(

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 03:44 PM

Awesome Minis!!! Ha ha. Excellent thread started here!
Wouldn't everybody enjoy driving one of those around during a sunny Sunday. Imagine one with a beast of an engine in.......one turn too sharp and you'd be out the side!!! :(

Meh, the Moke's better at ejecting passengers!

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 04:54 PM

seen them in books before but never a real one

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 06:18 PM

Your one lucky fellow as I've been looking for one for many a year................I thought they were all scrapped............. :(

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 06:24 PM

Wow, those seats look pretty much like your average deck chair... no expense spared :(

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 08:47 AM

I got the car.

Apparently only about 17 were made in both three and two-box designs.

Four saloon cars seem to exist around the world but this might be the only booted version left.

Possible build date is late 1960.

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 09:02 AM

Congratulations!




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