Details are scant on this 1961 Mini, but the same word could be used to describe the Mini itself. However, put a 1275cc motor into a dry-cone, US spec car and you've got our interest no matter how lacking the description may be.
The selling points in the ad hit all of the high notes for us: "upgraded 1275cc Cooper engine", new interior, and Minilite wheels and tires are about all that we could ask for. That said, there are no shots of the engine or any details about just how "new" it is. New to this car? Newly rebuilt? New-new? No mention is made of the transmission either, but that's not too much of a question / issue.
The car presents well with what has to be a respray (including cooper stickers), but perhaps an older one. No mention is made of paint work, but the interior looks very sharp with new upholstery. The Springalex steering wheel is nothing special, but it fits in well and is "period correct" for lack of a better term. Post-period correct?
This very early model really highlights the minimal in addition to the miniature. No seatbelts, pull cord doors, a single gauge, and the bare minimum of switches. It could be a great deal of fun with the big motor and new rubber, but will be an eye opener even to those used to vintage car compromises.
A few red flags jump out for the long distance buyer: no shots of the engine or frame, no mention of the electrical system, and a non-op speedo / tach. It's one thing for a gauge not to work, but when it's the ONLY gauge, it raises some eyebrows. Especially since 1275cc (and bigger) swaps have been common for over 50 years -- this isn't new territory.
If we were in Dallas this Easter weekend we'd still check this one out. Maybe the Easter bunny can fit it in our basket?
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