Price: $25,000
Stock # CAR-01

This Mini Sprint was originally purchased in December 1997 from Hawk Cars in East Sussex, UK. Hawk Cars builds other cars, including the AC Cobra and Lancia Stratos. The Mini Sprint was marketed as the Stewart and Ardern, one of a handful of Mini Sprint variants from the 60’s, after the owner of the name decided to partner with Hawk Cars. I’ve heard the kit went out of production after BMW acquired the rights to the Mini. Seems BMW would not allow another firm to manufacture a Mini look alike. The second owner of this car bought it as a part finished build a few years ago. He finally put it through its MOT in May 2008. It was Imported to the USA by Mini Obsession in July 2009 with less than 500 miles on it.

The body is pretty impressive with double skin panels hiding most of the evidence that it is completely made of fibre glass. It has a tube frame providing solid mounting points for the sub frames, doors, and seat belts. The body is based on a Mini that had about 1.5” cut from above and below the waist line. It is fun to park it next to a standard Mini to see the subtle height difference. I’m not too fond of white cars but the Old English White is growing on me and the quality of the paint is certainly up to my standards. The contrasting red/gray interior is very nice. MorSpeed rebuilt the A+ engine to 1340 Stage 2 specs. It has fully adjustable suspension and Cooper S discs in the front.

Body
Mini Sprint fibre glass body by Hawk Cars, sprayed Old English White throughout, with black anti chip paint on floor pans inside and underneath. Fibre glass boot, bonnet, doors, perfect shut lines, fully built in steel cage, very strong, very accurate mounting points, S/S bumpers, grill, door mirrors, new lights front and rear, chrome edge finishers in sill seams, new door/boot handles.

Engine
1340 A+ engine and head rebuilt by Morspeed, lightened and balanced with stage 2 head and cam, 11 stud head, twin 1 1/4 SUs fully flowed with custom made stub stack rams, cone type air filters, 10.1 compressed ratio, duplex timing gears, Cooper S rockers, uprated oil and water pumps, hi performance uprated RC/40 exhaust, Maniflow LCB (set up by Southam Mini/Metro Centre).

Gearbox
Rebuilt 4 synchro, 4 speed box, centre oil pick up, 2.95 diff, lightened verto flywheel, Metro Turbo clutch, new master cylinder, new slave cylinder, S/S flexible clutch pipe, quick shift gearstick.

Running Gear/Suspension
New front/rear subframes all mounted on Sureflex poly bushes, new rear swinging arms, adjustable front bottom arms, tie bars, adjustable rear camber plated, new rear brakes with MiniFins, rebuilt “S” discs with S/S pistons in callipers, uprated pads, new CV joints, new ball joints, bearings, new rubber doughnuts, adjustable Gaz shocks, copper fixed brake pipes, S/S flexibles, dual split master cylinder, adjustable hi-lo suspension, 4 1/2 x 10 Minilites, 165/10 tyres, suspension set up by Southam Mini/Metro Centre.

Interior
Rebuilt/recovered/modified seats to fit Mini Sprint in red & grey vinyl, black & alloy three spoke steering wheel, lowered adjustable steering column, 3 dial centre dash with pod rev counter (not yet wired but all wires in place), all new wiring loom with extra earth from battery for extra reliability, wind up door windows, fixed rear/side windows, all glass except rear windscreen polycarbonate, all new rubbers for windows and door shuts, new door/boot hinges, new MK1 rear light and number plate lights, modified fuel tank, Facet fuel pump, copper fixed & S/S flexible fuel lines. Rear fog lights pre-wired (yellow/blue wires).

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