The May Sale 2017

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1990 (built) Customised Mini 'Orange Crush'

Lot No.: 365

Registration: KHA 919V
Chassis Number: XL2S1N-663686A
Engine Number: 12A2AG01107329
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1275
Year of Manufacture: 1990
No Reserve

One of the more unusual cars in today’s sale, but strangely no less appealing…

Clearly, the labour of a truly skilled craftsman, an accompanying magazine feature from the April 1999 'Mini Magazine' confirmed that, yes indeed, this car is the creation of “bodyshop-wizard” Paul Fisher over a six-year period commencing in 1990.   The feature goes on to educate us that the project began by welding in a new floor and new inner and outer sills to the 1979 Mini 1000 Saloon donor.  The underside was then etch-primed, seam-sealed and stone-chipped.  There were many more stages in the car's build, including chopping, lowering and sculpting the roof in excruciating detail, before 18 hours were invested applying the paintwork.  Paul says “I did it all properly, zinc priming, 'waxoyling', and seam welding”.  The detail required to ‘french in’ the rear light double curvatures, flush-fit petrol cap, number plate housing and Rover grille is really something.

The paint colour is VW Inca Gelb and really looks top drawer.  The engine is a standard Rover Cooper 1275cc with a custom made exhaust.   Suspension is courtesy of Spax dampers and Hi-To adjusters and the car sits onThe wheels are 6x12” Revolution RFX rims shod with Yokohama tyres.   The interior is standard Rover Mini Cooper.  Externally, this is an amazing fun creation with the reassurance of using completely conventional mechanicals. The head was skimmed and the head gasket replaced in November 2016 following a period of no use.

The level of craftsmanship really is quite special and we invite you to come and see and read for yourself.  We’re not the only ones who think so, as this car was awarded “Best Car In Show” and “Best Paint Job” at the Mini Magazine meet in 1998.