Brand new Mini bodyshells
Mini values soaring leads to BMH making first replacement shells for MkI
Surging demand for MkI Mini bodyshells has led to British Motor Heritage taking up production of the previously unavailable part.
The replacement ‘shells commence production in April, with a price of £9950. BMH has been offering replacement shells for post-1976 models for some time, but these ‘shells differ in numerous ways. The MkI shell has a significantly different A-panel and hinge reinforcements (plus external door hinges), as well as floors, sills, and cant rails.
BMH attributes the demand to the rising values of early Minis, as well as the little tyke’s prolific classic motorsport career.
It displayed the bodyshell at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November, and admits that while the shell is true to the original in most areas, the rotodip hole in the rear seat squab has not been formed, and the later front bulkhead crossmember assembly has not been used, due to cost.
The bodyshells are available to order now, but a 25 per cent deposit is required. Deliveries are likely from May.
David Hollis from the British Mini Club says: ‘We welcome the great news that BMH has successfully released the Mini MkI bodyshell. It just goes to show how popular the classic Mini is at the moment. This can only be the right move for owners wanting to restore a 1960s’ Mini without the massive labour costs involved.’ Murray scullion www.bmh-ltd.com