Classic Car Photography has a particular passion for interesting Mini derivatives and specials, and was thrilled to be able to see a range of special Minis in action at Wakefield Park at the OzMini50 celebrations in March 2011. One of those special cars was the Mini Broadspeed.
The Broadspeed version of the Mini was introduced to Australia by Brian Foley after visiting Ralph Broad’s UK based workshop. Broad, a racing specialist developed the Broadspeed Mini and agreed to give license for export to Foley and his Partner Laurie Stewart for sale in Australia. After careful consideration and financial calculation Laurie Stewart realized it would be more beneficial to build the Broadspeed from locally built Minis in Australia rather than full importation. Only one car found its way Down Under and Foley and Stewart began producing the Australian Broadspeed from that example.
The Australian version differed slightly from the UK model having wind-up windows in the front and ventilated rear quarter windows; there is also a noticeable recess to accommodate the Australian number plate. Only four cars were manufactured in Australia and Laurie Stewart used his Broadspeed GTS in many race meetings, one in which it set a record on Conrod Straight in Bathurst when it was clocked at 127.8 MPH! This car was later converted back to a road car and is one of two known to still exist in Australia.
Carsales (www.carsales.com.au) currently has a Mini Broadspeed Replica for sale.
According to the Carsales website, the car on offer was commissioned in 1991 and built off the original plans. It is an exact replica of the official Broadspeed. It presents superbly in period Almond Green with Black interior, all the chrome is there and correct, and the restoration has been carried out with no expense spared. The car drives and handles beautifully and produces a staggering 100 bhp. The cabin is in fantastic order; it has the super cool Broadspeed style dash with new instrumentation and full leather seats with Broadspeed logo embroidered. Dual fuel tanks keep you going and the ride and handling are superb, there is no better feeling than a Cooper S, and in the super cool Broadspeed Coupe like body there is no cooler looking Mini. A welcome addition to any collection or could be used as a daily driver.
Click Here to visit the Carsales advertisement for the Mini Broadspeed.
Click Here to visit the OzMini50 Gallery for more images of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations at Wakefield Park.