Further details of this ex-police Morris Cooper S will shortly be provided. The car is believed to be a genuine NSW police vehicle, and the body is in great condition with very little rust (a small spot in the floor being the only place known to the seller). The seller has owned this car for 8 years and notes that the car was running a while back, but would need a tune up, fuel and a battery to run smoothly now. The car is believed to have a 1310cc engine (unsure as to whether it is based on the original Cooper S block). The seller has indicated there is an issue with the clutch - possibly just low on fluid. The car is currently in storage, but should be out soon for purchasers to inspect.
We will shortly be receiving further images and details for this vehicle to further establish its identity for prospective purchasers. Please check back soon for further details, or contact the seller Andrew by clicking the contact seller button above.
It was the Evo V that did the hard work and earned Mitsubishi its 3rd straight manufacturers championship in 1998 under the guidance of Tommi Makinen. It was the success of the Evo V that encouraged Mitsubishi to persevere with the Group A format despite changing rules, and of course celebrate their success through the release of the TME EVO 6.5. These last of the Group A breed cars, they are now among a rare breed which truly represents a thoroughbred performance vehicle. It's those facts, and their relatively low production numbers that have the Evo V and VI in our top ten future classics list.
This particular Evo V is located in Northmead, Sydney, and according to its used import compliance decal it's been in Australia since 2012. The seller has owned the car for approximately 12 months, and built upon modifications made by previous owners - perhaps here on in Japan. This impressive list of improvements include the following:
The body is in great condition, with only a few scratches on the lower panels of the body kit (front/rear bumpers), as can be seen in the images. There does not appear to be any denting in the panels, and the paint and other finishes are in great condition. With a polish and small touch-ups, it could look immaculate. Underneath the car is in equally great condition, with no rust or serious damage spotted. We've included several images of the undercarriage for reference.
This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to modify an Evo to get a car where the work has been done, and is ready to enjoy. An amazing performance car and an excellent option as a modern classic with a huge international following.
For further details of to arrange an inspection, please contact Noshin by clicking the contact seller button at the top of this page.
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.
Spotted on Facebook ,in August 2018 asking $12,000 NZD. Looks to be relatively original. The seller at the time noted it has been in storage for the last 7 years . Mostly all original - - - the center handbrake / gear stick cover is from a stock standard Familia . Also the center caps from the wheels are missing as well as the plastic clip on's from the steering wheel . A few bits of interior could do with replacing also . It could really do with a repaint / re-sticker - see pixs . There is a bird sized hole in the grill (slow bird) .
Big bucks but an immaculate example built in August 1980 - this one was advertised on carsales in Sydney, during August 2018 - asking $48,990!
Looks immaculate, and clarly the previous owner has put a lot of time and money into the car - correctly being it back to factory spec as it should be.
The last of the Australian Minis (with the exception of the Moke), the 1275 LS became a limited edition with an estimated 800 units built before Leyland shut down the Enfield production facility. The 1275 LS was the top specification Australian Mini in 1978, and saw the welcome return of a factory 1275cc engine for the first time since the Clubman GT. In addition to the larger capacity engine, the 1275 LS was differentiated from the Leyland Mini range by features such as front disc brakes (8.4 inch), a long range fuel tank, rear window demister and unique trim. For further details on the original features of the 1275 LS, take a look at Classic Register's 1275 LS information guide.
This particular car is offered for sale in Sydney, Australia, with full NSW registration. The current owner has had the vehicle for less than a year, but has put a lot of work into getting the car into excellent running condition. There is little work remaining to get this example into show condition, or to bring it back to original specification if desired.
The body appears straight, and the paint presents very well. Based on our inspection of the car we believe it would have had a paint job completed within the last decade, in its original Nugget Gold. The roofline and the sills appear to be solid, as is the trunk floor, battery box and rear beaver panel. However, there is a spot of rust and swelling just behind the driver's side flare. There are also a few small bubbles up the rear c-pillar seams (only visible on very close inspection).
Modifications to the body include the aftermarket flares, and a non-factory stripe kit down the side. As shown in the images, the car comes with its original flare kit, should the next owner wish to return the car to original spec. 1275 LS stripe kits are also readily available from suppliers such as minisport.com.au. The Original 12" steel rims and LS hubcaps don't come with the car and would need to be sourced if desired (they are the same as 1275 GT wheels, and can very easily be found overseas, including in New Zealand). The car currently rides on 12" x 5" Contessa/Minilite style wheels. It appears that at some stage, a different grille has been fitted to the car - the original would have the vertical MINI shield badge and of course the "LS" badging on the passenger's side.
This LS has been fitted with what appear to be half cloth/vinyl Mini "S" seats in the rear, and standard creme vinyl Leyland Mini seats in the front. A few tears and marks are present, but they're useable, and the current owner has fitted black cloth seatcovers over the top. Similar in style to the original 1275 LS seats, the seats fitted could easily be re-trimmed in a similar material to the original chocolate-brown cloth if the purchaser wanted to bring the car closer to factory specification. The carpet looks in excellent condition, and was likely replaced in the last few years. In the rear, speakers are fitted to the floor at the base of the seat.
The dashboard looks in excellent condition with no cracks or major swelling present - likely replaced or re-skinned recently. The radio box (with aftermarket head unit fitted) and tri-gauge instrument cluster look excellent. The roof-lining looks to have been re-trimmed, with a cloth fabric as opposed to the original vinyl material.
This LS is not fitted with its original 1275cc engine - which should contain the "12H902" prefix. Instead, it appears to have been fitted with a later model 1275cc engine from a 1990 onward mini (according to a few sources we found online quoting the "12A" prefix). It has a "Minispares" inlet manifold and standard 1.5" SU carby hooked up, and as you'll see in the video above, the engine is very smooth. The video shows the car on cold start-up, with no misfires or stuttering. Although the engine's not original, it's obviously had a lot of work done and makes an ideal replacement for the original unit.
Factory 8.4" disc brakes have been re-fitted by the current owner and are relatively new. The car brakes and handles as it should, and sound teriffic through its new stainless steel exhaust system (also installed by the current owner). Unless you were pedantic about finding an original engine for the car, there appears to be very limited mechanical work required outside of routine maintenance.
In the engine bay, an image is included showing what appears to be either a rust repair or an accident repair on the inner passenger guard. Little work would be required to sand-down the weld in order to remove or at least reduce that scar. The mudguard otherwise appears very straight from all angles (it may have been replaced at some stage py a previous owner). We note that the correct chassis number and prefix is present on top of the radiator shroud on the inner guard, with the body number clearly visible (104289). This places the car around the September / October 1978 mark (compliance date) based on the 100 cars we have on the register - some of which are listed in our online 1275 LS register. Unfortunately, the compliance plate has been removed, but this does not cause any issues with obtaining registration.
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Great to stumble acrpss this very well preserved original example of the VR-4 - the Evo 1 essentially.. This nice example was asking $20,000 (NZD) - a New Zealand based car (many of these seemed to have sold there.
The seller had very few comments at the time the car was offered. If you have one, add yours to our Galant VR-4 Register.
Ford Escort 1980 RS2000 - this one found on trademe.co.nz asking $20,000.00. It's an 11918 2-door A, imported to NZ from Australia originally. last owner owned it for years and imported it from Australia 10 years ago. The car was bought two months ago and I paid $27100.00 for it. A change in my circumstances means I have to sell it. It has a new WOF and will expire in 9th month. Car has had respray to tidy it up.. Motor, gearbox and diff are all good. New rear brake shoes and cylinders, new brake line front to rear. new headlights.
WIth 13 WRC series victories, the ST165 GT-Four is a very respectable Group A rally car - this one advertised on trademe NZ in August 2018 asking $14,000. Not many come up, and their 80s styling looks better every day :)