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#1 gaspen

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Posted 01 July 2024 - 04:21 AM

Hello

 

I have this set in my 850. 

 

Was it a factory fitted mat or aftermarket ?

I am reanding correctly : D.R.Co. Ltd was the company ?

 

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Posted 01 July 2024 - 07:23 AM

Some basic 850 Minis were fitted with rubber mats including for some export markets. They are now very rare as few of the mats have survived over the years and owners often replaced them with carpets as an aftermarket upgrade. I would keep them as they are now a very rare feature whether original or aftermarket! Rubber mats were more often factory fitted to the commercial Mini Vans and Pick ups but these are also very rare to find now and sought after by restorers.

The Mk1 Forum members may be able to confirm if D.R.Co. Ltd were a known supplier to BMC & BL so may be worth asking on there also or I can ask if you prefer.

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Posted 01 July 2024 - 09:51 AM

Some basic 850 Minis were fitted with rubber mats including for some export markets. They are now very rare as few of the mats have survived over the years and owners often replaced them with carpets as an aftermarket upgrade. I would keep them as they are now a very rare feature whether original or aftermarket! Rubber mats were more often factory fitted to the commercial Mini Vans and Pick ups but these are also very rare to find now and sought after by restorers.

The Mk1 Forum members may be able to confirm if D.R.Co. Ltd were a known supplier to BMC & BL so may be worth asking on there also or I can ask if you prefer.

http://mk1-forum.net

 

Thank you

 

I am also registered there, I will ask that community too  :proud:

 

Unfortunately the front piece is pretty bad, worn and torn. 

 

This one is a LHD car and it came from Switzerland.


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Posted 01 July 2024 - 11:10 AM

Looks like it's from a pre '76 saloon. Going by the apparent lack of seat hold down catches & twin cable hand brake???



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Posted 01 July 2024 - 12:05 PM

Looks like it's from a pre '76 saloon. Going by the apparent lack of seat belt catches & twin cable hand brake???

 

1971 850



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Posted 01 July 2024 - 12:07 PM

My MK2 850 Mini would have had rubber matts instead of carpets, as it was a base model. The front one is long gone (replaced by black carpet) and the back one is pretty poor shape now due age an damp. Definitely worth hanging on to them as they are a nice period feature.



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Posted 01 July 2024 - 01:51 PM

My plan is to repair / glue the front piece as far as possible. 

 

Someone on the Mk1 forum wrote that DRCo is Dunlop Rubber Co Ltd

 

 

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Posted 10 July 2024 - 11:59 AM

In 1971 bought a 1968 Mini 850. That had very similar rubber mats to the the ones in the first image. I believe these mats were standard.

 

The front one was in poor condition as were the front footwells.

 

No doubt helped by a previous owner who put layers of newpaper under the mats to absorb the rain that came in.

 

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