Brand new Mini bodyshells

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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

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