TO BE RE­FRESHED

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Name: Matthew Tonkin Car: 1967 Mor­ris Mini Deluxe Lo­ca­tion: Ade­laide, South Aus­tralia

Matthew got this 1967 Mor­ris Mini Deluxe from a mate in 2011. A one-fam­ily car, it had been owned from new and passed down three gen­er­a­tions! But prior to com­ing into Matthew’s own­er­ship, it’d been left in a shed for 15 years un­driven. To­tally orig­i­nal, it has a Toga White ex­te­rior, red in­te­rior, no heater, no ra­dio and wind-up win­dows. Af­ter fix­ing the brakes and sus­pen­sion, Matthew drove it through the sum­mer then parked it up due to work com­mit­ments. Two-years later he em­barked on its restora­tion with his fa­ther-in­law. They pulled the en­gine and gear­box out to freshen it up and were in the process of start­ing rust re­pairs when Matthew’s fa­ther-in­law be­came se­verely ill and sadly passed away. The car has been on the back burner since then. Matthew’s plan this year is to fin­ish the rust re­pairs and get this Mini go­ing again. He plans to re­spray it in the same colour scheme, with some colour-coded arches, ei­ther some widened Cooper S wheels/hub caps or some 10x6-inch Mam­bas, a dis­creet stereo in­stall and a fresh (and slightly hot­ter) 998cc en­gine to en­joy dur­ing the warmer months.

The car will be re­sprayed in its same Toga White hue.

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