Registry: 1973 Leyland Mini

Rick Higgs's 1973 Leyland Mini – “ROO”
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  • ROO in Wishart, Brisbane, Queensland

  • ROO on Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia

  • Engine bay & front wheel wheel wells cleaned, up epoxy primer & paint.

  • Head modified by Graham Russell in NSW, RE +100 pistons, RE 266S cam, all rotating bits balanced.

1973 Leyland Australia Mini Window Van* modified with unleaded head on otherwise standard 1098cc A Series engine, electronic dizzy pack, relays, 8.4" Metro disc brakes, 5 12"x5" mag wheels 165x60 12" Yokohama tyres. Auxilary radiator added for One Lap. [in 2011 - Hi-los & Koni Sport adjustable dampers added up front - in 2014 Hi-los & S Brake drums at rear & 4 cone Alex Moulton Smootha-Ride springs, 4 new knuckles & on car adjustable HD lower arms & tie-rods at front]].

* the 'square nose' Minis were known as Clubman Window Vans until March 1973 when Leyland Aust. reverted to calling all models Mini.

Bought and prepared this Mini to drive One Lap of Australia during 2011 the 50th Anniversary year for Mini in Australia.

Drove 22,000 kilometres over 70 days on the One Lap. Booked too late for ferry to Tasmania and Tasminifest in Hobart. Another 7,000 kilometres driven on Prologue/test drive to/from Sydney, The Rylstone Rally, Mini 50th Week on Sunshine Coast & to Brisbane Mini Muster.

Returned to Australia in October 2013 to drive to Melbourne for Ferry to Tasmania, 2 week tour of Tasmania, attend the biennial Tasminifest on Nov. 10th and return to Queensland via Great Ocean Road, Ballarat, Echuca & Murray River, Lightning Ridge & Toowoomba.

Another 8,000 kilometres/5,000 miles added to Odo since I returned to Australia. Have only needed to replace Quinton Hazel style drive shaft u-joints after 25,000 miles in use.

Shipping plan was put in place to bring ROO the Window Van home to Canada. ROO was delivered to shipper in Brisbane on Monday, Nov. 25th. ROO got to Vancouver's RoRo port on Tuesday, January 14th. Soil Exam was clean. Customs docs completed, tax & duty paid early on the Friday morning. Authorization from Terminal to make pickup received mid-day Friday and ROO driven from the dock in the afternoon.

Provincial safety inspections was passed with flying colours Monday, January 20th...however, Commercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement (CVSE) inspection said side marker lights & reflectors were needed (as all Minis imported to Canada in the 1970s had them). CVSE inspector accepted LED lights mounted in City Flairs (amber at front/red at rear) and stick on reflectors (same colours as lights). Glass was all good and new sealed beams were installed (to dip to the right vs. left for RHD Mini). With delays, ROO was finally registered, licenced, insured and driven home on January sunshine!

Go to - - for 'One Lap' trip story

Since January 2014, ROO was prepared for a transcontinental trip to Ontario/Ohio/Wisconsin & home. In 2015 & 2016, ROO was entered in the VMC's Fall Escape, was at Mini Meet West 2015 in abbotsford, B.C. and in 2016 headed south to San Diego for Mini Meet West. ROO was also on the grounds for Vancouver & Portland ABFMs.

Currently, ROO is being prepared for the ALCAN 5000 Summer Rally in August 2018. A New 1185cc power unit is being built - head, short block, transmission and suspension upgrades.


Vehicle Information

Owner: Rick Higgs   [hunter2]
Location: Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada CAN
Status: Running

Model Year:1973
Build Date:1973-04-23
Original Colour:Bold as Brass
Current Colour:Bold as Brass
Odometer:75,030 miles
Body Code:Window Van
Engine Type:1098 4 cyl. 3 Main A-Series
Engine Code:10004967
Transmission:4 Sync
Last Updated:2018-05-27 00:52:38


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Member Comments on Registry: 1973 Leyland Mini   ↵
2014-01-02 11:40:33 # 13485
Comment by Rick Higgs
ROO on the last leg to Port Metro 5 days at sea from Yokohama on the Curitiba, after riding the Bosporus Highway around Australian ports and back to Japan home waters.

Total trip 41 days at sea and in port.
2014-01-20 10:26:56 # 13719
Comment by Rick Higgs
Expect to have ROO inspected, licenced & insured today January 20th, 2014
2014-01-30 09:15:55 # 13890
Comment by Rick Higgs
ROO was free to drive on January 25th as noted above.
2014-08-03 11:05:03 # 19469
Comment by Rick Higgs
We completed a 11,300 kms./7,053 mile drive across Canada to Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the 55th Anniversary Can-Am Classic Mini Challenge Racing, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Mini Meet East Meets West and home across the Great Plains to the Black Hills, Yellowstone Park and north through Montana & Idaho back into B.C. to rejoin our eastbound route, the Crowsnest Highway. Left home June 20th, home July 16th.

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2018-05-27 00:52:38

Changes from 2014-01-20 10:25:02 to previous 2014-01-18 23:41:28
Mileage 72,000 → 75,030
Body Code Panel Van → Window Van
Changes from 2013-12-17 15:24:11 to previous 2013-11-22 13:23:48
Vin CLUB1098BL1973 → 021A2V2M10830
Mileage added   72,000
Body Code added   Panel Van
Engine Type 1098 → 1098 4 cyl. 3 Main A-Series
Engine Code added   10004967
Changes from 2013-02-17 11:08:56 to previous 2013-02-17 10:57:58
Nickname Roo → ROO

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Feb 26, 2010 Rick Higgs  CAN Added to Registry (ID 17420)

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