OWNERÕS VIEW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

ERIC PADMORE

‘My wife, son and I own seven Minis be­tween us and we’ve had this 1979 1275GT for about three years. Restor­ing them as a hobby, this one was off the road for 25 years so needed plenty of work. Apart from the door cards the in­te­rior was miss­ing so I had to sort new seats and the dash­board, and I re­placed the en­tire roof panel to get rid of the nasty af­ter­mar­ket sun-roof. I did man­age to save about 95% of the orig­i­nal met­al­work, though, and the en­gine and run­ning gear is orig­i­nal, al­though I hated the Pageant Blue paint so chose to re­spray it in Denim Blue, which is much nicer. It took around five months to re­store, fit­ting it in around other jobs, but I do all the work with my son, and we were ac­tu­ally restor­ing two other Minis at the same time for club mem­bers. This one was in­tended for my wife but when I pre­sented her with it she said she didn’t re­ally like the Club­man shape, so I was per­suaded to re­store a 1961 model for her in­stead! I be­lieve in us­ing the cars prop­erly so this one’s not just for shows.’

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