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$1,5001980 Austin Mini

UPDATE: Seller reports that it has GONE, GONE, GONE to a new home!

This 1980 Austin Mini is a project car that has been upgraded to a 1275cc engine, front disc brakes and has a customized, fully-deseamed body that includes molded-in fiberglass wheel arches (flares), a conversion to Mk1 (small oval) taillights and the addition of a sunroof. The interior features a roll bar, sport seats and competition-type seatbelts.

It hasn’t run for several years.

Four new tires are included. According to the seller, the brake pedal is firm, the brakes hold. The clutch engages and releases, the shifter seems to move as it should. There is still coolant in the radiator and the oil is said to look pretty good. The battery won’t hold a charge. No attempt has been made to start it yet.

There is a significant amount of rust in a number of places, particularly the bottoms of the doors and several locations in the front end. (see photos).

The steering is right-hand-drive (RHD), but all Minis come with the holes and mountings to put the steering on either side.

Manual transmission is a 4-speed, 4-synchro model.



Two shipping quotes to port of Long Beach in Southern California are $1,200 and $1,600, depending on the shipper.


Mechanical Upgrades:

  • 1275cc engine
  • Front disc brakes
  • 12″ Minilight-style (8-spoke) alloys


Interior Upgrades:

  • Sport seats
  • Competition-type seatbelts
  • Aftermarket sport steering wheel
  • Tachometer
  • Roll bar


Body Modifications:

  • Mk1 taillight conversion (small oval)
  • Mk1 front grille
  • Fully de-seamed body, including roof rails, side seams and bumper lips.
  • Custom molded-in wheel arches (aka: flares)
  • Sunroof added


Notes & FYI:

  • Hasn’t run for quite some time, all systems will need to be checked
  • Odometer reads 83,871 miles, true mileage unknown. (Unknown miles on replacement engine)
  • Not currently registered.
  • Legal document for obtaining clear title is included
  • Significant rust, including a number of holes (new body panels are readily available and cheap!)
  • Bumper mountings have been shaved


Located in Honolulu, Hawaii 96818



Two shipping quotes to port of Long Beach in Southern California are $1,200 and $1,600, depending on the shipper.


[ ID# GREEN80PROJECT ] Asking: $1,500.


Independent mechanical evaluations may also be arranged, as well as nationwide door-to-door transport. Escrow Services for payment, title-document-transfers, and transport coordination (to help provide more-secure transactions) are also available, contact us for details.


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BOTTOM LINE: This is a case where it pays to do your homework. Be careful what you buy, you may not be able to drive it in some states, including California.

UPDATE: Seller reports that it has GONE, GONE, GONE to a new home!

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