MKI SHELL AT NEC

Pro­to­type BMH bodyshell at­tracts a phe­nom­e­nal re­sponse.

Mini Magazine - - News -

Mini fans were in for a real sur­prise at the re­cent NEC Clas­sic Mo­tor Show on Novem­ber 11-13, with a Bri­tish Mo­tor Her­itage pro­to­type MkI shell mak­ing a long-awaited first ap­pear­ance. The de­ci­sion to dis­play the bodyshell was only made at the 11th hour, with the primer ap­plied in the days be­fore the event and the dis­played item still early in the de­vel­op­ment stage.

The move to pro­duce a MkI shell has al­ways suf­fered from a lack of avail­able tool­ing. How­ever, the pro­to­type ver­sion in­cludes the ear­lier re­mote-change tun­nel, a full-skirt front panel, ex­ter­nally hinged doors/A-pan­els and, con­trary to many re­ports, the cor­rect smaller rear win­dow aper­ture.

BMH is aware that some of the other de­tails are in­cor­rect for a MkI, such as the dash tray, switch panel and roof gut­ters. Mini Mag­a­zine was told th­ese will be changed, how­ever the ro­todip hole will not be in­cluded un­less the cus­tomer sup­plies one, and the bulk­head cross­mem­ber will re­main as the later type.

Re­ac­tion to the shell has been a mixed bag, but it must be re­mem­bered this is a pro­to­type, and the level of in­ter­est has been phe­nom­e­nal. Per­son­ally, we think BMH should be ap­plauded for its work so far, and look for­ward to fur­ther de­vel­op­ment. The shell is sure to have a big ap­peal in mo­tor­sport cir­cles, with a knock -on ef­fect of more orig­i­nal cars pre­served and a le­gal way to re-shell cars pre­vi­ously deemed un­vi­able to re­store. With this in mind, the new shell could be a real game-changer. For more info, con­tact the Her­itage team on 01993 707200.

BMH’s John Yea and Martin Davies with the new shell.

Ear­lier re­mote-change tun­nel.

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