“The genuine ‘ 90s Cooper Moto- Lita steering wheel is on the wrong side...”
loud,” says Iain, with slightly more than a hint of understatement.
The finishing touch for the interior is a genuine ‘ 90s Cooper Moto- Lita steering wheel, which you may have noticed is on the wrong side for UK roads. Yep, Iain’s Mini is now left- hand- drive, as he’s currently in throws of a move to Germany and plans to take the Mini with him. With this in mind the notion of a modernised MkI begins to make even more sense, as it’s still got the style but also has the added practicality required for tearing up the Autobahn. “All I’ve really changed is the steering rack and the clutch pedal, everything else is from a right- hand- drive Mini,” Iain explains. “Minis are so basic that all the holes in the body can be replicated on the other side and you just swap it all over. Over the years I’ve converted loads – I used to sell them in the States where people wanted left- handdrive. That’s another reason why I built this car; I’ve spent 10 years preparing Minis for other people. You do all the hard work but you don’t get the fun of it.”
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It’s clear that the car will be used for driving in its new home, rather than just as a showpiece. To this end, the engine specification has been devised to suit. It’s based on a 1275cc and a gearbox from a 1990s Mini Sprite, lightly tweaked and fitted with twin SU carbs. “I took it to