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Registry: 1961 Austin Mini Countryman



Rick Higgs's 1961 Austin Mini Countryman – “LUCKY”
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  • Off the storage rack for steel work

  • After sand blast, ready for epoxy primer.

  • Bottom seam sealed, undercoated & in Lime Squeeze Metallic.

  • New Ash wood kit fitted and shell delivered to shop for final body & paint.

“LUCKY”
Dispatched to a Dealer in New York on July 21, 1961 with heater & whitewall tyres.

Mini was purchased by a Chas. Pervo in western New York in the 1970s, sold to a John Thomas in Ohio on August 17, 1981, acquired as a parts car from Thomas by Michael Kearney, sold to the late Kent Summers and by Summers to Chris Higgins, who imported it to Canada January 21, 2001.

Higgins stripped the rolling shell, shell sand blasted, steel panels bought and some steel work done at RX Auto Restorations in North Vancouver.

I stored the shell, steel panels and boxed parts until December 1, 2015 when steel work began. Some additional steel panels were needed. Steel work completed in January, sand blasted, epoxy primed, seam sealed, undercoated and Lime Squeeze Metallic paint applied to underside, new ash wood kit fitted and ready for final body & paint.

While doing the steel work it became apparent that the shell consisted of a pre-November 1960 round nose and an early external tank rear (consistent with late July 1961) that had been spliced together in a cut & shut operation. In fact with the absence of any Tartan Red paint anywhere the Woody is likely an early Mini revin in the USA.

Removing the lead from the A pillars led to improved steel work in these critical areas, addressing structural integrity.

A 1293cc power unit is being built up, engine is complete, with transmission (4 sync.) to be completed. Mini will have Cooper S disc brakes with AP calipers, uprated shock absorbers, HD adjustable suspension, new 4.5"x10" Special Tuning wheels with offset to fit under the body work. Custom interior with TR7/8 seats.

The name LUCKY refers to the Mini surviving one or more major shunts early in its life, surviving its dismantling as a parts car, surviving the flat-tow from California...a wheel fell off as the Mini was pulling up to Canada Customs in January 2001.

Vehicle Information

Owner: Rick Higgs   [hunter2]
Location: Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada CAN
Status: Restoration in progress


VIN:AAW7140141
Model Year:1961
Build Date:1961-07-19
Original Colour:Tartan Red
Current Colour:Lime Squeeze Metallic (FORD)
Body Code:Countryman
Engine Type:848cc 4 cyl. A series (orig)
Engine Code:8AM-U-H/195151
Transmission:3 sync
Last Updated:2016-11-22 10:58:53

 

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2016-11-22 10:58:53

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Feb 28, 2004 Rick Higgs  CAN Added to Registry (ID 36294)

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