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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.

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