Founder’s Mini put up for sale

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An iconic Mini Cooper S used by New­ton Com­mer­cial for pro­to­type prod­ucts, cat­a­logues, fit­ting in­struc­tions and web­site photos is be­ing of­fered for sale. The founder of the Suf­folk-based trim com­pany, Richard New­ton, pur­chased this car in 1979 and had it re­built into a brand new bodyshell in 1983.

Me­chan­i­cally, this car is orig­i­nal save for a con­ver­sion to dry sus­pen­sion, with the en­gine re­built and fully bal­anced in 1982. The car was also re­cently re­painted in the colours of the Ger­man Wood­ing Ham­burg rac­ing team that Richard man­aged in the early 1970s. The in­te­rior trim is ob­vi­ously of New­ton Com­mer­cial de­sign, with replica re­clin­ing front seats.

The car was well known on the show cal­en­dar in New­ton Com­mer­cial’s early years, but in Richard’s words it now “needs driv­ing and us­ing.” He hopes the car will be sold to an en­thu­si­ast who will ap­pre­ci­ate its im­por­tance. It’s priced at £19,995, and New­ton Com­mer­cial can be reached on 01728 832810.

Richard’s cool Cooper S.

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