We spotted this GTS for sale on automart South Africa - and it appers to have th GTS flares, rear badge, yet 10 inch wheels. Something strange is going on with teh data plate where it appears to have a double print where the late GTS model code sits. It could be a modified 1275E - and the owner was not advertising it as a GTS. However, the 1144BA chassis number and the flares make us think it is. The 10 inch wheel would mean the disc brakes would have had to have been removed though... Anyone know the car and have any thoughts?
The 1275 E was South Africa's farewell Mini model built between 1980 and 1984, with this particular example coming from the penultimate year of mini production in the country. Approximately 7,500 1275 E Minis were built, featuring the well respected 1275cc engine, and by the 1980s had a number of refined features making it a very comfortable classic, and a great way to get into the classic mini scene. These cars are becoming rare, and are popular exports to markets such as Australia, the UK and NZ where they are considered very unique.
This particular example is in excellent condition, having undergone a major restoration. A number of images showing the restoration process are included in the image gallery. The 1275 E sits on 10 inch wheels, with custom stripes and excellent pale yellow paint. A custom dash, retro radio, integrated speakers in the dash (and under the seat) and a great trunk fitout make for a practical classic. The red carpet is like new.
The car's 1275cc engine has been fully refurbished. An electronic distributor has been fitted, as well as a temperature controlled fan sitting on the outside of the radiator. The wheels are fitted with 165/70R10 Khumo tyres with less than 200km usage.
All parts fitted to the car were imported from Mini Spares UK, with everything replaced where required. For more information or to arrange an inspection, please contact Ivan by logging in and clicking the "contact seller" button above.
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This South African Mini Pick-up project comes with a 1275cc motor and most of the equipment / fittings to complete it. The body is solid but requires some minor work as can be seen in the images. It has all body tags present, but no South African papers.
There were around 58,000 Mini pickups built, which were only sold in a few markets including South Africa. Markets such as Australia never received the factory pickup model, which has since become a desirable alternative.
A great project for someone wanting to do it from scratch. The seller is happy to deal with overseas buyers, and is offering this car together with a MK1 Austin Mini 1000 (restored) and a rare early Mini Pickup project, for $17,500 AUD.
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This Austin Mini 1000 has been nicely restored to original specifications, and would be the perfect car for the MK1 enthusiast who's looking for something that can be driven today. During the restoration process the car was completely stripped down and rebuilt, and now only needs some small refinements to make the car perfect. All the hard work and money has been spent - the car is ready to be enjoyed
The current owner notes that the car is running and has all its South African papers in order. The car has the correct chassis number, and of course the correct 9AK engine prefix for the South African Mini 1000 motor. The seller is also happy to deal with international buyers, and is also offering this car as a package along with a genuine Mini GTS and Mini Pickup, for a total price of $17,500 (Australian dollars).
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This rare Mini GTS from the first year of production represents a great opportunity to purchase one of the best performance alternatives to the popular Cooper S. Built by Leyland South Africa, the GTS was introduced to provide the South African market with a performance Mini following the end of Cooper S production, and received very similar engine specifications developed locally in South Africa. Only 365 GTS Minis were built for the 1973 year, second only to the 1979 year with 263 units (1979 being the final year of production).
This example is owned by a GTS enthusiast who has a great knowledge of the cars, and has kept the vehicle in very original condition. This is a matching numbers example (with correct original chassis and engine numbers), and appears to be largely unmodified, even retaining its factory 10-inch Rostyle wheels as applied to the early GTS cars before they moved to 8.4 inch disc brakes.
The car runs and drives, however, the gearbox synchros may need some work, and there is an oil leak coming from the gear selector seal. The car is useable and changes gears fine, but ideally someone would want to replace all the seals if the car is going to be used regularly. The body is in good condition with the seller describing it as a solid example, with only a few areas requiring attention in the undercarriage. Those areas could do with some tidying up, and close up images are provided in the gallery above.
This is a great original example that needs little work to get it back to its former glory. A rare car, which has a significant place in the global performance mini story, with the GTS name also having significant accomplishments in South African touring car racing. For further information, contact Trinesh by signing in and clicking the "contact seller" button above.
The seller is happy to deal with overseas buyers, and is offering this car together with a MK1 Austin Mini 1000 (restored) and a rare early Leyland Mini GTS in excellent original condition, for $17,500 AUD.
An example of a race prepped GTS offered for sale by classic car specialists in October 2018. This one doesn't look too original (wrong flares, alternative paint job, non-original interior to account for the racing equipment etc, but does appear to have the correct chassis number for a GTS. Check out the others on the South African Mini GTS register.
A few interesting features on this GTS, which we found advertised on gumtree South Africa in August 2018, asking R30,000.
The guards have been flared, and although the chassis number (plate) suggests the car is a 1978 onward model (which we've guessed as 78), the 10 inch wheels suggest that the car has had its 8.4 iunch disc brakes removed (only the 7.5 earlier brakes would fit). We did try contacting the seller at the time but weren't able to get further details of this example. Would be nice to bring it back to original.
Very original GTS offered for sale in August 2017. According to the seller at the time, the car has had one owner since new, all original, drives well and includes its original books and manuals (including its first registration certificate).