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A classic body with modern performance, this is no ordinary 1970 Mini Clubman.


Described by Mini Magazine as "as much art as it is machine", calling this Mini a mere restoration would be untrue. It has undergone a full transformation, even being fitted with a Vauxhall Twin Cam engine. The body has been completely rid of any rust and blemishes, all imperfections removed, and repainted in Surf Blue by Coventry Classic Minis. 


The Surf Blue bodywork is complimented by an Old English White roof and re-chromed bumpers and trims. The exterior boasts P700 Halogen headlights, an Aston Martin fuel cap, Downton style door mirrors, and crackle-black finishes. However, the immaculate body of the car is only the beginning.


On the interior, retrimmed and re-foamed Austin Healey bucket seats are paired with a body coloured roll cage and harnesses, and the track-ready feel is only increased by the CAE H-shifter. The gearbox is from a diesel Vauxhall, which makes it perfectly suited to handle the increased torque load. The Smiths GPS digital Speedo and Tachometer add a touch of modernity to the car, and the OBP Brake Bias adjuster hints at the motorsport capabilities.


Under the bonnet is arguably the most fascinating part of this Mini. Powered by a fully rebuilt Vauxhall X16XE 16v 1.6L twin cam engine with custom manifolds, this has been surprisingly well hidden with clever period camouflage, as the ultra-thin Jenvey throttle bodies are disguised to look like DCOE Carburettors. More hints towards this Mini's true purpose can be found in the race-spec fuel regulator, pump, and filter, as well as the front mounted radiator. A black, centre exit RC40 exhaust system finishes it off nicely.


Handling of this little classic Mini is also massively improved by the owner not letting himself be restrained by using original only parts, and allowing for a bit of creativity. Fully adjustable suspension all round, a Cooper S front disc setup with Minifin rear drums, braided brake hoses throughout, and 10" black Rose Petal wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan 032R tyres makes for an extremely capable track-day car.


The mastermind and owner of this resto-mod, Richard Cotterill, wanted this car to be reminiscent of the "gentlemen racers" of the 1960's and 70's.


This truly is a car that needs to be seen to be appreciated.


Car Barn are advertising this on behalf of the owner Richard who is selling it as a private sale, you can contact him on +447774 016071 if you have any more questions.


About Carbarn

Car Barn by Aston Workshop is an independent classic, sports and prestige car specialist located on Red Row Estate, an idyllic 37 acre venue set in the North East countryside. Red Row is located in County Durham, only 2 miles away from Beamish Museum, one of the North’s major tourist attractions.  Our car showrooms share our beautiful location with our sister company The Black Horse Beamish pub, restaurant and hotel. We offer a wide variety of used vehicles for sale in our pair of showrooms including special editions, low mileage examples, supercars and high performance models by Aston Martin, Lotus, Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley, Morgan, McLaren, Lagonda, Jaguar, Ariel and Caterham. As a well established dealer we typically we have around 80 cars on site at any given time and our showrooms are one of the most impressive luxury car collections in the North East of England.  

Our specialist classic and sports car service, repair and diagnosis workshop at Carbarn is staffed by experienced local mechanics with a wide range of skills and diagnostic equipment. If your specialist car has developed a fault please call by and we will be happy to give a no obligation estimate. In addition to annual or routine servicing and maintenance we also undertake classic car restorations including all aspects of chassis repair, engine tuning, paint and body work.

We are one of the North East’s few specialist classic, sports and prestige car buyers who will buy your vehicle directly or offer sale or return and part exchange from our showroom. We are constantly seeking used stock.  If you find yourself thinking the time has come to sell my car, be it classic sports or prestige, and you want to deal with a well established local north east company please contact us to discuss our best price.  We provide a more personal and flexible approach than car buying websites or auctions and as a classic and vintage car specialist are happy to discuss cars which have been in long term storage, off the road, SORN or vehicles which are otherwise described as barn finds.

We have an in house transport service which offers collection, storage and delivery facilities and Carbarn are happy to purchase used classic, sports and luxury cars from across the North East region and the wider UK.

Our experienced team are also pleased to help and advise if you are a collector or seeking to purchase a car specifically for investment purposes.


The benefits of buying and selling with us include:

  • Nationwide collection and delivery service on our own covered transporters
  • Cars which are prepared by technicians working exclusively on classic and sports cars
  • Our own warranty programme
  • A comprehensive customer service which truly works for the duration of ownership
  • The confidence of dealing with a leading independent specialist established over 30 years
  • Finance available on all stock including classic cars


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