NEW MkI MINI SHELLS

Classics Monthly - - Fuel -

Bri­tish Mo­tor Her­itage

(BMH) is now tak­ing or­ders for MkI Mini (1959-1967) body shells – with de­liv­er­ies ex­pected to start this May. Priced at £9950, it of­fers re­stor­ers the chance to start from scratch with fresh sheet metal. The BMH shell makes use of clas­sic Mini spe­cial­ist M-Ma­chine’s floors and sills; re­tool­ing for these parts would, claim BMH, have made the pro­ject un­vi­able.

Firmly tilted at his­toric mo­tor­sport use, the firm has also used later front bulk­head cross­mem­ber assem­blies and opted not to form the roto-dip hole in the rear seat squab press­ing as per an orig­i­nal MkI Mini shell. BMH stated its in­ten­tion to pro­duce 15 re­tail stan­dard bodyshells by April.

“For some­one do­ing his­toric mo­tor­sport need­ing a new rule-com­pli­ant shell it would suit very well. For some­one re­build­ing a road car that has ei­ther lost its orig­i­nal shell many years ago or the shell is be­yond re­pair, then it’s at least an op­tion,” reg­is­trar Bill Bell (from the 1959 Mini Reg­is­ter) com­mented.

From a purist’s point of view, Bill felt BMH’s shell was in­evitably a com­pro­mise. “It would be im­pos­si­ble for them [BMH] to make a sin­gle MkI shell to please ev­ery re­storer, type, model and year.”

He con­tin­ued: “In the eight years of the MkI there were five dif­fer­ent com­plete floor press­ings; in 1959 alone there were two, with three dif­fer­ent front pan­els that year as well. There were dif­fer­ences in terms of dry [rub­ber cone] sus­pen­sion and Hy­dro­las­tic. Be­tween the 850, Cooper and Cooper S mod­els, the roofs are dif­fer­ent along with the boot floors, pan­els, front wind­screen sur­rounds and so on.”

All en­quiries re­gard­ing the new MkI Mini shells should be made by email­ing sales@ bmh-ltd.com or by call­ing 01993 707200.

BMH is now ac­cept­ing or­ders – with a 25 per cent de­posit down pay­ment. Fur­ther de­tails of BMH and all its prod­ucts are avail­able on­line at www. bmh-ltd.com.

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