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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:46 pm 
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In need of a restoration posted on TMF:-
http://www.theminiforum.co.uk/forums/to ... t-clubman/

Would this be one of the only survivors of this coachbuilt Mini?
(Tilling Mini de Ville, Oyler Contessa and W&P Margrave from an old Motor Magazine I kept from 1975)
http://maximummini.blogspot.co.uk/2013/ ... stars.html


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:08 pm 
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mab01uk wrote:
In need of a restoration posted on TMF:-
http://www.theminiforum.co.uk/forums/to ... t-clubman/

Would this be one of the only survivors of this coachbuilt Mini?
(Tilling Mini de Ville, Oyler Contessa and W&P Margrave from an old Motor Magazine I kept from 1975)
http://maximummini.blogspot.co.uk/2013/ ... stars.html



I am pretty sure we will see the very same car.

So many articles about the Contessa, and its the same car that appears in all of them, and in their brochure.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:43 pm 
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The OP on TMF says it looks to be all there but with oversills and he is going to try get some photos.....the potential buyer has apparently decided not to take it on as a project....


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:56 pm 
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Location: Oop North where it's dark & cold nearly all the time.
Bit of info here;

http://mk1-performance-conversions.co.uk/variants.htm

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:50 pm 
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Seems like the Contessa mentioned on TMF has now gone to a good home and will be restored to its former glory.......looking forward to seeing some photos soon. 8-)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:25 pm 
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TMF Forum member 'Spraybeater' has asked me to post his recent photos below of the Contessa Mini Clubman 'as found' that he now owns and intends to restore back to its former glory. It may be the only 'Contessa Mini' conversion to have survived to the present day unless someone out there knows of any others? This version appears to be similar in some areas to the one shown in the original brochure (see Mk1 Performance website link) but this one has been completely de-seamed with a vinyl roof, similar to some Wood & Pickett Mini conversions of the same era.

Quote from 'Spraybeater' the new owner:-
"Thanks very much for putting photos up for me ! will get my old head round Photobucket one of these days as a bit of further info on car, I got with it all bits i.e. parts for grill, hub caps, door trim full new set of carpets, original rear quarter windows refurbished door capping and rear quarter capping. 5 10inch alloys with were not original.
All paper work including Leyland service book, original typed build spec sheet old MOTs confirming mileage 26k,mls .
That plus the fact that it was built and has always been kept in the Halifax /West Yorkshire area makes it a nice project.( Now owned by an ex Scot in West Yorkshire) will hopefully post up some more photos of it and my current project soon."

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:25 am 
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That looks like a nice straight forward project & will be a very interesting car when its finished.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:48 am 
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great story mab!

its interesting to see that it stayed in Yorkshire all its life as well, but that maybe explains why they only ever made the one....

...'tha's pillocking me tha is, how much for t'old mini with a bit 'o wood and fancy carpets like'....

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:54 pm 
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rich@minispares.com wrote:
but that maybe explains why they only ever made the one....



Looks like they made two to me. I bet the ladies liked the mink seats in the first one.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:28 am 
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Latest update from the owner on this rare example of the Oyler Mini....

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"I am just about to start restoring it after having owned for over a year.
Coachbuilt by Oyler in Halifax West Yorkshire as far as I can find out they apparently
converted 7 don't know how many if any are left."
http://www.theminiforum.co.uk/forums/to ... ?p=3440547

From 'Complete Catalogue of the Mini' - page 213 from the 'Coachbuilt Mini' chapter:-
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Tilling Mini de Ville, Oyler Contessa and W&P Margrave - from an old Motor Magazine I kept from 1975.

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Sorry this scan is a bit skewed.......done some time ago and page didn't fit the scanner!
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