Hemmings News has listed this 1969/2000 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk. II 1275cc Pickup Truck as their Car of The Day for 2nd April 2013.
According to the Hemmings website, this pickup started life as an original, 1969 MKII pickup shell and VIN plate with sliding glass windows, exposed hinges, etc. In 2000, the last year for the Classic Mini, a British Mini specialist company transplanted a brand new 2000 model Mini Cooper Sport twin-point 1275cc fuel-injected engine, drive train, and wiring harness from a brand new from the factory Mini Cooper S sedan which, in turn, was rebuilt for racing purposes. All other parts were brand new factory or factory-approved ones including heavy-duty suspension system, disc brakes, 13″ Sport Pack wheels, Sport Pack fender flares painted in body colour, trim and badges, marker lights, custom colour-matched sprayed-in bed liner, Mountney alloy & walnut steering wheel, fine custom Magnolia leather with red piping, exhaust system, and 13″ Dunlop Sport 3000 low-profile tyres.
Also added was custom original-styled carpeting with sound-deadening padding, custom head liner, authentic factory rubber floor mats and pedal covers, custom bed cover, Cooper S side mirrors, walnut dash panel, new gauges, 4 chrome Monte Carlo fog lamps, and fabulous custom side stake rails, built by a woodcraft artisan, made of quarter-sawn solid oak and ingeniously tapered inward to match the taper of the cab. Rails come apart and are removable in seconds.
Hemmings further claims
This is the only known example of what is essentially now a 2000 model Mini Cooper 1275 S pickup. It is extremely nimble and very quick, due to the very reliable twin-point fuel injection.
Mini pickups were manufactured between 1961-1982 and were built on the extended van platform. Out of the millions of Minis sold throughout the world, there were 521,494 vans built, but only 58,179 pickups. Since the pickup was used mostly as an open-haul work vehicle in rainy Great Britain, most pickups deteriorated beyond the possibility of restoration and there are only a handful of nice, solid ones left, most likely less than 500 in the world. Only a handful of those nice ones have been completely restored to a high level of quality. And only this one has been restored to these specs.
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