1996 Mini Italian Job
Over £30k spent on
build; custom paint job; air suspension; keyless entry plus much else
This crazy little beast started out in life as a bog
standard 1996 Rover Mini Equinox 1.3i until the third owner got hold of it in
2001 and said to himself: ‘Hang on lads, I’ve got a great idea"! He was to keep
the car for the next 19 years and during this time we are told that he spent
over £30k turning it into the Italian Job tribute that you see
Unfortunately there are no bills for all the work that has been
done and no notes to explain exactly what features it has but most of the mods
are plain to see. The bodywork has been given a dose of steroids with
exuberantly flared GRP wheelarches front and rear and a forward-opening GRP
bonnet with an integral chin spoiler. Rows of LED lights around the perimeter of
the car give it some added showbiz sparkle.
The circular rear lights have
been 'frenched in' and you will note that it has no door handles: to get
into the car you just press a button under the mirror on either side and the
door pops open. To get out you press the illuminated buttons either side of the
push-button starter on the centre console, a keyless entry system familiar to
any TVR Griffith owner. The boot also has no handle and is opened in similar
fashion by another button inside, although both doors and boot can also be
opened remotely using the key fob.
The car rides on 17" Armano alloy
wheels shod with low profile tyres and in the boot you can see the plumbing for
the air suspension which allows the ride height to be raised and lowered at
will. Judging by the twin aluminium radiators under the bonnet, the 1.3 fuel
injected engine may also have been pepped up somewhat, but that will be for the
new owner to find out.
The most striking feature is the custom paint job
which has been carried out to a very high standard, the boot and the bonnet
showing characters and scenes from the Italian Job movie including, of course,
Michael ‘You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off’
Apparently well-known on the show circuit, the car was acquired
last year by our vendor as a static display item to liven up his car showroom.
Although it has a current MOT valid until September 2021 with no advisories
recorded, in truth it is more of a show car than a practical day-to-day
Previously insured with Adrian Flux at an agreed value of £20k,
it is being offered here at a fraction of the costs lavished upon it to date.
However the new owner plans to use it, this bonkers Mini will certainly turn
heads and get people talking wherever it goes. For more information
contact James on 07970 309907 or email email@example.com