Reader find of the month

Send in a 200-word story plus a se­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs of your dis­cov­er­ies to the usual C&SC ad­dress or e-mail alastair.cle­ments@hay­mar­ket.com and you could win £100

Classic Sports Car - - Lost & Found -

When reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor Ro­nan Glon ven­tured into Mar­seilles, France, to buy an en­gine for his Citroën 2CV, he came back with a 1972 Mor­ris Mini 850. “It’s not a magic trick I learned in Las Ve­gas,” said Glon. “The en­gine and the car were in the back of a re­pair shop that shut down dur­ing the 1990s and stayed locked un­til this year. The owner of the garage ex­plained that a cus­tomer had dropped off the Mini for var­i­ous small re­pairs in 1980 and never picked it up.”

The rest of the history is largely un­known, but in its eight years on the road the Mini racked up nearly 100,000km and re­ceived a coat of grey paint over the orig­i­nal red, which still shows in­side. It wears a 1975 reg­is­tra­tion num­ber and Glon has con­firmed that it was sold new in France, rather than im­ported. “For the time be­ing, the plan in­cludes fit­ting new brakes, over­haul­ing the en­gine, re­plac­ing the bent wing and en­joy­ing it.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.