1968 Morris Mini K 1100 1.1 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Mini drivers will not be disappointed. (why do you think they are always smiling?)

Faults:

Suspension Hydrolastic displacers needed replacing.

Flywheel cracked and needed a new clutch.

Head gasket has blown twice.

Exhaust needed replacing.

Minor rust spots.

General Comments:

This car is serious fun, it's a street legal go-kart that loves being thrown into corners. It can put many modern cars to shame, even a lot of sports cars have trouble keeping up through the twisties. Bucket seats are a must to stop you being thrown off your seat.

The engine is very torquey for a small motor and can pull away nicely with a few revs, surprising many people around. But throw in some passengers and you will notice a difference.

Inside is surprisingly roomy in the front and very comfortable even on long drives, but a little cramped in the back, the boot also has a decent amount of room, but nothing special. The heater can easily warm the car in minutes and cooling is easy as there is plenty of ventilation with the windows down.

There can be a few rattles, but as long as they are taken care of as they arise you can keep your car sounding sweet, engine is a bit noisy, but soundproofing material does wonders, should also make sure exhaust is in good order as this can make a lot of noise. The straight cut gears whine in a way only minis do and just add to the character of the car.

Repairs are cheap and easy to perform, make sure you keep them in good order though, with a car this old keeping on top of maintenance is key.

This is an awesome car and a tribute to classic motoring, a real head turner and can also attract attention, even from other rare and expensive cars. It deserves all the attention it gets though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th July, 2007

1994 Morris Mini mayfair 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

My Mini has restored my enthusiasm for driving and brought all the fun back

Faults:

Just fitted a new rear subframe and the factory-fitted exhaust has been exchanged for a stainless steel system.

General Comments:

I bought the car knowing it needed two front wings and a front panel and this was reflected in the price. It was a one-lady owner and had very low mileage.

I had her converted to a rag-top professionally and they did a superb job. Over 60 feet of welding go into the body strengthening, but the extra metal is unobtrusive even though the car now weighs over 28 lbs more than she did as a saloon. I was furnished with a four-page engineer's report that detailed all the work done and stated it was done to a vey high standard.

Inside the car I have a walnut dash, steering wheel, door cappings, gear knob, handbrake and door furniture. Of course, being a Mini, I have a mini-bar fitted in the glove box.

Outside all the black has been replaced with stainless steel including wheel arches. The stainless steel and silver paintwork is complemented by the black hood. The hood is only up at MOT time when my wimp of a mechanic collects it for its service and test. The remainder of the time it nestles under the hood bag and the interior is protected by a tonneau.

On the road the Mini has impeccable manners and the handling is outstanding. She loves to be driven and responds to adverse road conditions favourably. The bog standard 1000cc engine is very economical, but if the exhaust ever wears out I intend to go for a stage one tune up which will give me extre power, even better fuel consumption without affecting my insurance premiums. Seat adjusters give me another few inches legroom and I find the car very comfortable to drive - even over long distances. Buzzing down the country lanes on a summer's evening with the top down has to be experienced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2006