I had been looking for a project mini for a while when I stumbled across this one. I'd owned a mini when I was 19 and again in my 30's. A '78 Canadian LHD and a '97 Japanese SPI.
Eventually I set up an alert on my local buy and sell to notify me if a listing had Austin Mini in the title. A week later I got an email with a "barn find" close by. After looking through the photos a couple times I realized that this was the mini I owned when I was 19, and after calling the number I found out it was in a hangar at the airport 10 minutes drive from my house.
I told the seller I'd be able to check it out right away and he agreed to meet me there. It turned out that he was the gentleman I sold the car to 20 years ago! He bought it from me and then dropped in a late '60's Cooper S 1275 engine with a modified 8 port head, with the intention to slalom race.
It had been painted Old English White, and had a roll bar installed, but I could tell it was my car.
After negotiating a price for the car and then for the engine, I arranged to have it delivered to my house.
Edited by smalltreegrower, 06 December 2021 - 02:32 AM.