It's probably about time that I started a thread for the build of this car. She is a 1970 South African Mk3, essentially a Elf/Hornet body with the front end of normal round nose Mini. The doors are the same, with the internal locking mechanism being on the door handle, unlike the later Mini's which have a separate latch. All the chrome work like the bigger bumpers, window surrounds etc. are the same as the Elf/Hornet. Apart from the front end, the major difference between the Mk3 and the Elf/Hornet was definitely the interior. Where those cars were all about luxury, the Mk3 was more about the extra luggage space with the standard Mini interior that was available in SA at the time. The luxuries ending with the large door pockets and the triple centre gauges.
These cars had the 998cc engine, but the manufacturer of the cars at the time, Leykor, decided that due to the extra body weight, the gearbox required different ratios to aid in acceleration. So 1st was adjusted to 3.525:1 from 3.627:1, and 2nd was adjusted to 2.218:1 from 2.172:1.
And according to figures in a book about SA Minis. only about 3871 cars were sold. So not that rare, but uncommon.
Anyway, that's enough on the basics of the car. I've owned this vehicle since I was 14 or so, bought off an old man who had fixed up the engine to beyond perfect, his only requirement being that the car be loved and cared for. I lost the original photos I had of the car when I bought her, but there are one or two pictures in the February 2009 issue of MiniWorld.
After the strip down :
After the respray :
The chosen wheels :
As she stands now, a right sorry mess, and that's just the garage :
Edited by Jared Mk3, 02 July 2017 - 04:03 PM.