More information from the Connecticut seller – 1966 Austin Mini Cooper 850 in very nice condition. Original 997cc twin carb engine is shelved. Left hand drive. Excellent yellow paint with black roof and black interior. Excellent chrome. No rust or accident damage. 850cc engine with single SU carb and 4 speed gearbox. Tool kit roll. Alloy wheels with good rubber. Many, many spare parts included in sale – engine and gearbox, extra head, orig red and grey front and rear seats, 2 extra grills, original steel wheels and hubcaps, 2 extra doors, trunk lid, windows, stock steering wheel, electrical parts, suspension parts, and more plus factory manuals and books. Asking $11,000 OBO. Contact Mint direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Daimler SP250 was originally the Daimler Dart before Dodge rightfully objected. They renamed it SP250. And Daimler, by the way, has nothing to do with German Daimler-Benz. To say it possesses controversial styling is an understatement. Some say it was inspired by a catfish. We’ll not comment because now that it is old and collectible, it is “distinctive”. Performance was exciting due to lightweight fiberglass construction and a perky 2.5-liter hemi V8. Disc brakes on all four wheels brought everything to a halt in an orderly manner. Read More
Yesterday we featured a rather nice Austin Healey 3000 Works Rally Tribute and a absolutely dreadful 3000 restoration as part of a brief rant on taste. Then Mike M., sends us this absolutely wonderful Sprite and we decided to go Healey again. Some background – Donald wanted a car a bloke could park in his bike shed. His own words, not ours. It was introduced to the press in 1958 and quickly became a success in sales and on the track. Read More
We owned (past tense) 2 really great Healeys. We started with a super Healey Blue ’67 BJ8. It was a great car that we drove everywhere. That was a little too civilized for us so we searched and found a ’61 Side Curtain car in black with original red interior and a hardtop. Nirvana. So why does this offering sent in by frequent contributor Mike M., bother us a little? Let’s establish that we applaud the attempt at building a great looking and hopefully driving, event car. We rarely see someone go to the trouble of converting to RHD to get the Works-car look down pat. Read More
The MG TC was the third in a series of post war MGs – the TA of 1936, and short-lived TB of 1939. The TC body was four inches wider and it was faster to boot. The TC had the same fold-down windshield, fenders, wire wheels, and rear-mounted spare. Initially, It was right-hand drive only. The XPAG inline-four powerplant was able to coax the TC to about 75 mph – a frightening experience reserved only for the bravest. Read More
These are a rare sight here in the US but every once in a while, a nice one pops up. And this is the second one in 6-weeks. We can’t resist a good, sporting 4-door sedan. What’s so special about this old English sedan? In its day, it was a seriously advanced car bristling with interesting details. It had a sophisticated de Dion Tube rear suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes, the rear mounted inboard. It was marketed as a safe car too winning recognition for safety innovations and having seat belts for all 4 passengers. Ironically, Princess Grace of Monaco was a loyal Rover devotee. We believe she was driving a 3500 model that fateful day. Read More
In its lifespan, over 86,000 Triumph TR-6s were exported. Not bad for a British sports car. The TR-6 styling is much like the TR-4/TR-250. Michelotti was hired to give it a face and tail lift and their work has been universally admired. The Kamm-tail Michelotti used was a popular design trend in the ’70s. There are tons of TR-6s available everyday in the marketplace, so why did this one catch our eye? Read More
We like to mix things up here at Mint but when you find another really nice car similar to one recently posted, you have to you have to make a call. So when we reviewed this TR-3 sent in by Mike M., we were impressed. This one is a fine example of a 1959 Triumph TR3A with factory “overdrive” and wire wheels (# TS61141LO). Read More
Still available but at a much more reasonable price. Is it because it is in South Dakota?
There is no denying the beauty of a vintage Jaguar Saloon. They adhered to Sir William Lyon’s philosophy of “grace, pace and space”, when they conceived this elegant 4-door. Like many old luxury cars, they were not respected by collectors as much as sporty coupes and convertibles. We get that. However with the increasing popularity of historic rallies and enjoyable classic car tours, they are gaining some serious respect. Why not be comfortable while you’re having fun. We are not suggesting taking Grandpa’s Buick Electra 225 on the New England 1000 mind you.
We wanted to find something to balance today’s finds. All three cars are English and could potentially satisfy the requirements of a majority of our readers. The other 2 listed below, are not too expensive, have loads of character and are fun. So we needed something big and big we got. Read More
Here is a restored, 4-seat, English convertible aka Tourer, cute as a button for only $24,900. Sure, you can find other 4-seat English convertibles but they will be called Dropheads or something snotty like that. It could be an Alvis TA 14, an Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane or Daimler Conquest. Read More
Here at Mint we try to select interesting cars while recognizing the diverse tastes, interests and budgets of our readers. The decision to select one car over another may have to do with where it ranks in the collector car/special interest market or simply “we had one of those yesterday”. Read More
Post World War II, the Brits resumed building 1930s cars. Difficult times – limited natural resources – largely dictated the use of existing engines and technology. That continued for some time into the 1950s. In 1952, Ken Richardson was hired to manage development of a new sports car. It eventually became the TR-2, with its own new chassis, and a Vanguard engine developing 90 horsepower. Read More
Donald Healey and Nash-Kelvinator CEO George Mason met on the Queen Elisabeth, going from the United States to Great Britain. Healey was returning to England after his attempt to purchase engines from Cadillac, but GM declined his idea. Mason and Healey met over dinner and a production plan ensued during the remainder of the voyage. Read More