MiniGuy was a DMV-licensed dealer/broker in California for 12 years, but all cars on this site are “For Sale by Owner.” For details or more info, please contact us. We also assist in having thorough pre-purchase evaluations performed, Escrow services to provide for more-secure funds and title transfers, and door-to-door transport. When considering a car for purchase – including ones on this site, it's prudent to pay for a specialist or your mechanic to check them out, since these will not necessarily have undergone the same scrutiny they would've had before being offered in MiniGuy's former showroom. We also offer "Buyers Agent" services for locating cars, or consulting, or assisting with negotiations or transactions.

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First the Daughter, Then the Mom…

May 18, 2004 – Here’s a pic showing what turned out to be our first set of “mother-daughter” Minis.

This one went to Ami T., of Santa Barbara, who came with her family in 2001. Her mother, Claire T., came the next year and adopted the Mini “Cooper replica” we’ll be featuring tomorrow.

The car shown here is actually a Riley “Elf,” a variant of the Mini that was sort of the “upscale” version of the basic car sold to the masses. The Riley Elf – and their sister cars the Wolseley “Hornet” – share all the mechanical parts with the Mini, so parts are readily available. The primary difference is that the Elf-Hornets had a different front panel, grill and bonnet, along with an extended boot (or “trunk,” as we Yanks call them) with a bootlid that lifted upwards, rather than dropping down like the standard Mini bootlid.

Incidentally, we have a nice light green Elf on our Consignment page, and we’ve been offered a nice Hornet that’s been upgraded to a 1275cc, and an Elf that’s been upgraded with a 1275cc, 8.4″ disc brakes and new 12″ Minilite-style (8-spoke) alloys. Call us for details, and pics if you are interested.