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1963 Austin Mini Sprint Custom Show Stopper

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1963 Austin Mini Sprint Custom Show Stopper 1963 Austin Mini Sprint Custom Show Stopper 1963 Austin Mini Sprint Custom Show Stopper 1963 Austin Mini Sprint Custom Show Stopper 1963 Austin Mini Sprint Custom Show Stopper 1963 Austin Mini Sprint Custom Show Stopper 1963 Austin Mini Sprint Custom Show Stopper 1963 Austin Mini Sprint Custom Show Stopper
DESCRIPTION
  • Year 1963
  • Make Austin
  • Model Mini Cooper
  •  Vehicle Overview

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.

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