Would you write a $9,500 check to send away for this Mini and wait to see what shows up? The seller of this Mini hopes that the answer is yes.
A classic Mini of some sort is on lots of Rosters so we're always hunting. Decent examples that are already in the US command top dollar even though they're a dime a dozen just a short cargo ship ride away. So, the soluition seems simple enough: pack a shipping container full of decent runners, ship it over, profit! Then, as soon as you start looking into the logistics, regulations, and other hoops to jump through the prices on the already-here models don't seem so bad.
So what if someone else handled that for you? The seller of this Mini on eBay claims he will have it delivered to your door for $9,500 all in. That's a price that piques our interest were it for sale within driving distance, but would you take a risk on this mail order Mini?
The "Red Hot" edition Mini is one of a series of "badge only" special editions that basically involved some custom piping on the upholstery and some stickers on the fenders. Based on the Mini City, if it retains its original engine, the 998cc lump is nothing special.
Closer inspection starts raising some red flags about this Mini and its seller. No shots of the engine or undercarriage are worrying given the cross-Atlantic marketing of this car. You'd think photographic documentation would be a thorough as possible. Also, it may be the photos, but some of the door jambs seem to have bright pink paint showing? More questions pop up in the seller's other ads where they offer seemingly too cheap RHD to LHD conversions.
All things considered, we'd run away from this one. We don't blame the seller but we feel like he's targetting buyers who "always wanted one of those cute Minis." at a price that is just cheap enough. It looks great with Minilite wheels, red on white, and some extra lights up front. Though, what we see in a well worn-interior, and lack of mechanical photos makes this look like a quick flip that looks good from 10 feet and is a nightmare everywhere else.
That has us thinking though, what do the numbers look like to do this ourselves? How much is it to bring a shipping container over on a boat, and how many cars can we fit in it? Where are the other fees and hoops to jump through? Could $20,000, some paperwork, and some patience get us 3 decent Minis over here? What if we wanted to throw a Land Rover in there too? Who do we know in an English port city, and who's in for a group buy?
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