I couldn't agree more but there are plenty of 'original' Mini's out there with replacement wings, floor pans, sills.... are they then to be discounted as being original. Regardless of the reshell, the number plate survives and hopefully someone will restore a 'true to original' Mk1 and have a beautiful number plate and VIN plate to stick on it.
While I respect the above opinions greatly it must be remembered that no single nut or bolt remains of Morris chassis 140. You are buying a V5c and vin plate issued in 1962 when it was renumbered 98. With that are an assortment of random mini parts and a MK2 body shell.
It cannot be restored only recreated from an early body shell.
To my mind this is no different to a DAX or Pilgrim Cobra.... True to original and beautiful in its own right. Long live the registration!!!
Edited by PetrolNut, 15 March 2014 - 07:35 PM.