NEWS

BMH set to com­mence pro­duc­tion of MkI bodyshells in April.

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The lat­est sto­ries from the world of Mi­nis, in­clud­ing the lat­est MkI shell up­dates.

Bri­tish Mo­tor Her­itage’s long-awaited MkI bodyshell is fi­nally set to go into pro­duc­tion. Fol­low­ing the un­veil­ing of a pro­to­type ver­sion at the Clas­sic Mo­tor Show last Novem­ber, man­u­fac­ture of the first batch of 15 shells will com­mence next month, with de­liv­er­ies oc­cur­ring through May and June.

Since cre­at­ing the pro­to­type body, BMH says it has com­mis­sioned ad­di­tional tool­ing to re­fine the fin­ish and im­prove the build qual­ity. Pre­vi­ously, it has of­fered ‘76on shells in round-nose and Club­man form, but the new ar­rival is markedly dif­fer­ent. There are smaller door aper­tures and dif­fer­ent step pro­files, slid­ing win­dow doors with ex­ter­nal hinges, dif­fer­ent rear quar­ter pan­els and MkI rear light mount­ings. The shells also in­clude the ear­lier A-pan­els and hinge re­in­force­ments, cant rails, front and rear par­cel shelves, switch panel, boot panel, bon­net and in­ner wings, plus a full-skirt front panel. BMH has sourced MkI floors and sills from M-Ma­chine as the cost of re­tool­ing these items would have made the project un­vi­able, and con­trary to on­line spec­u­la­tion, the rear win­dow aper­ture is the cor­rect smaller size.

BMH has also used the later front bulk­head cross­mem­ber assem­bly as it says that re­tool­ing for this non-vis­ual part would have been pro­hib­i­tive, though it does suit the cor­rect twin-bolt sub­frame. It’s also opted not to form the ro­todip hole in the rear seat squab; recog­nis­ing that a sig­nif­i­cant el­e­ment of de­mand for the new shells will al­most cer­tainly be for his­toric mo­tor­sport. The knock-on ef­fect of this could be more orig­i­nal cars pre­served, as well as a le­gal way to re-shell cars pre­vi­ously deemed un­vi­able to re­store.

The launch price of the MkI bodyshell is £9,950 in­clud­ing VAT, and the com­pany is ac­cept­ing or­ders ac­com­pa­nied by a 25 per cent de­posit. En­quiries should be made via e-mail to sales@bmh-ltd.com or by call­ing 01993 707200.

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