Name: Ben Leathwick Car: 1979 Saloon Location: New Zealand
Originally a 1979 Mini 1000 finished in bright yellow, Ben bought this car in February 2017 and has been restoring it since January 2018. He chose a Mini because it was a little different! The restoration included a bare metal sandblast, with all rust repairs fixed by a qualified old-school panel beater and a full respray in Toyota Altezza Blue, with a Holden Commodore white roof and stripes. The original engine has received a makeover too, having been stripped down to just the block and rebuilt from the ground up using new pistons, rings and valves. Ben’s since put coilover suspension and disc brakes to help with everyday drivability, too.
After being sandblasted this Cooper was treated to a full respray in Toyota Altezza Blue.