2004 Mini Van ‘Restomod’ Lotus Engine


12,000 miles

This incredibly unique Mini ‘Restomod’ was extensive featured and adorned the cover of Mini World Magazine when it was completed in the mid-2000s who referred to it as the best ‘non-Mini-engined Mini.’ The unique body started as a Mini Van that was enhanced with sports pack arches with the striking flip front-end configuration.

Even more extreme than the body of this build is the Lotus Elise K-series engine that powers the vehicle. Fitting this engine from the 1999 Lotus required a front subframe from a Metro GTi to be fitted and adapted and the powertrain was mated to a 5-speed transmission also from a Metro 1.4 GTi. Further, the car also required a new fuel tank to be fitted and adapted accordingly and for a bespoke radiator and cooling system to be installed. The suspension on the vehicle is a combination of Mini, Metro GTi and bespoke fabricated parts and the braking system is from a Mini Cooper S.

In addition to the unique body styling and fitment of the 145bhp power unit, the car also enjoyed a complete body restoration in the striking Light Blue it presents in today. At the time of the build, the car was fitted with bucket seats and a roll cage, of which the later remains but the former has been replaced for more period leather seats.

Please do get in contact for further details on this unique build and opportunity to own one of the most striking Minis ever created.

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