A charismatic carry-all with an endearing charm - the every popular Mini van.
Supplementing the passenger versions of the Mini, the van version was based on the longer Traveller chassis, but found itself as a popular vehicle for budget-conscious motorists, as it was classified as a commercial vehicle and not subjected to sales tax. Retaining the same cheeky character and endearing qualities as the original model, the van remained in production well into the 1980s and offered an appealing alternative to the norm. BMC, at the time, had a vast overseas reach and several countries built the Mini from kits for local consumption, including the van version.
This South African 1978 panel van has small differences from the UK spec versions, with bigger air filter housings and a radiator overflow system on its bigger 1.1-litre engine, but retains the familiar set-up that most Mini fans will recognise.
Imported from South Africa in 2020, this complete and well-presented example is a good base for improvement - it starts and drives well, with evidence of mechanical attention in recent years and is registered for use in the UK.
This auction listing was written from information supplied by Alan after meeting Sal the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.
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