eBay. It’s a great resource when you’re drunk on a Friday night. By that, we mean it’s a good way to get shouted at by your significant other for buying an Austin Montego ‘by accident’. It’s also a good place to find all that is weird and wonderful from the world of motoring. Like this… thing.
The seller says this is a 1976 Mini, with “all metal bodywork by Meredith.” We’re assuming Meredith was a company that fused metal together. Not the seller’s mother-in-law. Though it could be either, given this car’s unique aesthetic. It’s certainly one of a kind, there’s no denying that.
It’s got the rear of a Triumph Herald. The middle of a Mini. The front of a Ford Escort and the the overall look of something that makes you cock your head to side in confusion, like a Jack Russell does when it watched the TV. It’s all very strange.
We’re not here to mock though. Yes, it’s a bizarre mix of metal to weld together, but from the pictures, it looks to have been done very well indeed. It’s confusing, but it’s not poor in its construction. Well, not as far as we can tell from the pictures at least.
Plus, it’s all sitting on a Mini floorpan, and it’s propelled by the legendary A-Series engine, so it should be a giggle to drive if nothing else. Minis are famed for their direct and tight road-holding qualities – we can’t imagine the extra panels will have changed that too much.
All this motoring oddness could be yours for £3,999. You could buy a Z4 for that, or an S2000. TT Roadster? Yup, you could probably buy two. But where’s the fun? Where’s the British eccentricity in driving a German, factory-built rag-top? Exactly!
You’ll need to MOT this little sucker first, as it’s currently (just to add to the weirdness) registered in the Netherlands. But once you do, you’ll be in the rare position of KNOWING you’re driving something one of a kind. That’s worth the £3,999 all day long.