Mini 1275 GT    

KNG 581 L (Corgi Model in 1/43 Scale)

Year: 1973
Make: Mini
Model: 1275 GT

Event: Corgi Models


New for 2020 from Corgi is this delightful model in Black Tulip.

With the number VA13508, it’s priced at £29.99 and available from Corgi at https://www.corgi.co.uk

The 1275GT modelled was built at Longbridge on January 22nd 1973 and delivered to Kennings Norwich, Norfolk on the 26th. It was purchased by John A. W. Barnham of Walsingham, Norfolk, on February 1st 1973 and he used the car for many years, completing around 79,000 miles before putting it into storage. The currentowner, Aberdeen-based Derek Bain, bought it in September 2016, unseen, as a restoration project from the original owner’s grandson after seeing an internet advert. He knew from photographs that it was very rusty but, even so, when it was delivered to him he was dismayed to have his foot go through the floor as he was getting in! However, Derek had commenced his mechanic’s apprenticeship at BMC/BL dealers ABC Motor Services, Aberdeen, in 1972.

Since then he’d always wanted a Black Tulip 1275GT so, undaunted, he stripped the car and started by welding in a complete floor from M-Machine, and a plethora of other BL Heritage panels. He was able to save the front subframe but needed to buy a new rear unit and every piece of interior trim.Except for the final painting, the cylinder rebore and crank regrind, he did every aspect of this complete restoration himself including rebuilding the engine and gearbox, brakes, interior and suspension. He used new parts throughout and the result is stunning, surely one of the best original specification 1275GTs in the UK.

Engine: 1275cc 4IL OHV Power:59bhp@5300rpm Torque:65lb.ft@2550rpm 0-60 mph: 13.3 seconds Maximum speed: 90mph Weight: 670kg

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