Just a nice period picture

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'61 Alpine
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Verax wrote:Thanks a lot for sharing this story :)

Costafortune wrote:I had 618, bought as a shell in 1985 from a Mini breaker in Reading. It was built into a Mark 1 Coopalike and sold in 1987, for 500 quid. :o :roll: :lol:

It was absolutely mint, all original panels and never welded. Not bad for 30 quid. It was on a Q plate but had the original AA2S7 7045 VIN. I couldn't be bothered with the re-registration rigmarole so used an ID from a scrap 1960 Mini instead. If I remember rightly, I took the VRD515 number plate off and got VSV605 in its place That's now on something else so the trail is lost. The car itself was hoovered up in 1987/8 by a Japanese buyer (Kuwahara iirc) and shipped out. If there was any way of finding the Mini Minor VIN, it might be able to be traced but that's just impossible. It's out there somewhere, the current owner unaware.

It was Farina grey or Speedwell blue, hand painted BRG when acquired.
No problem. Even though 618 was supposedly Farina grey, I could swear blind it was Speedwell blue although it has been nearly 35 years. :shock: :lol:

Given 617's change from grey to red, they were obviously swapping logbooks and chassis plates from car to car.

I can't find any factual evidence of Austin Sevens being prepped at Abingdon.

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Any infos about 619 AOG and another private enter Austin seven ?

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Verax wrote:Thanks a lot for sharing this story :)

Costafortune wrote:I had 618, bought as a shell in 1985 from a Mini breaker in Reading. It was built into a Mark 1 Coopalike and sold in 1987, for 500 quid. :o :roll: :lol:

It was absolutely mint, all original panels and never welded. Not bad for 30 quid. It was on a Q plate but had the original AA2S7 7045 VIN. I couldn't be bothered with the re-registration rigmarole so used an ID from a scrap 1960 Mini instead. If I remember rightly, I took the VRD515 number plate off and got VSV605 in its place That's now on something else so the trail is lost. The car itself was hoovered up in 1987/8 by a Japanese buyer (Kuwahara iirc) and shipped out. If there was any way of finding the Mini Minor VIN, it might be able to be traced but that's just impossible. It's out there somewhere, the current owner unaware.

It was Farina grey or Speedwell blue, hand painted BRG when acquired.
No problem. Even though 618 was supposedly Farina grey, I could swear blind it was Speedwell blue although it has been nearly 35 years. :shock: :lol:

Given 617's change from grey to red, they were obviously swapping logbooks and chassis plates from car to car.

I can't find any factual evidence of Austin Sevens being prepped at Abingdon.

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steve1071 wrote:'61 Alpine
I'm guessing that was a private entry as according to the Peter Browning book, 617 didn't do an Alpine in 1961, being sold in 1960.

A pity there is so little info on the 850's.

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Verax wrote:Any infos about 619 AOG and another private enter Austin seven ?

619 was one of two Austins used in 1961 (Acropolis) along with a Morris TMO560.

Don't know about privateer entrants.

A March 1961 Seven 363DOC (another Birmingham registration) was used on the 61 Acropolis, 1962 Monte alongside 737ABL the first 997 Cooper and the 1962 Tulip.
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yes it's a pity that we do not know what became most of these 850 that ran between 1959 and 1962, works or not works ... :? :(

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steve1071 wrote:'61 Alpine
I'm guessing that was a private entry as according to the Peter Browning book, 617 didn't do an Alpine in 1961, being sold in 1960.

A pity there is so little info on the 850's.

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Strood in Kent, c.1970...
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Nice photo, a row of my favourite BMC models.

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Snoopy64's beastie when it was in my ownership...
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I had money then!!
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