1974 Morris Mini Clubman,
Lot 309
1974 Morris Mini Clubman 1275GT XE2D2/119856A
£28,000 - 34,000
US$ 44,000 - 53,000

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1974 Morris Mini Clubman 1275GT
Registration no. GTL 430N
Chassis no. XE2D2/119856A
Engine no. 2444

Footnotes

  • First registered 13 November 1974 to one Beryl Alethea Crack of Lincoln, this Morris, then in fashionable Blaze, passed into the ownership of Bill Barton in December 1976. With some help from British Leyland Special Tuning, the Retford rally driver modified the Clubman to Group 1 specification with Richard Longman prepared engine and gearbox., finishing 4th in the up to 1300cc class in the RAC Motor Rally Championship. Moving up to the Home International RAC Sedan Products series in 1978, Barton and Clubman won the Group 1 1300cc class, winning classes on the Mintex, Welsh and Burmah and fishing 3rd in class on the Manx - he was later to become Castrol Autosport Champion in a Metro 6R4.
    In March 1979, Barton sold the car to the Yorkshire Bottle Company of Bawtry who loaned it to Yorkshire Policemen Tom Bradley and Peter Allworthy for the 1980 RAC Castrol Autosport National series. With a colour change to green and white, their Clubman won Group 1 up to 1600cc by season’s end, although Bradley was a non-finisher in the car on the Welsh, Scottish and Lombard RAC Internationals.
    Following its acquisition from Yorkshire Bottle by Bradley in April 1984, and in view of the impending expiry of Mini and Mini Clubman Homologation, the Clubman was changed to Group A specification and repainted in traditional works colours of red with a white roof in a team of three similarly liveried Minis. The final fling for what had become an iconic rally car was the 1968 1986 Rallye D’Antibes International, a round of the European Championship that used many of the classic Monte Carlo stages, GTL 450N coming home 3rd in class, the last such international award to be won by a privateer BL Mini variant in period competition until homologation was renewed many years later.
    The car then duly featured in the January 1987 edition of Cars and Car Conversions magazine prior to retirement until extensively refurbished 1999-2004 in Pip Carrotte’s Gainsborough workshop to Group 1/A specification with restored standard bodyshell repainted in 2-pack, strengthened and gusseted sub-frames, Dural sump-shield, negative camber bottom arms, Spax shock absorbers, 7.5 in diameter S front brakes and callipers with Mintex M1177 pads, Goodridge stainless braided brake lines, twin tanks, Safety Devices full-cage, Motolita steering wheel, works-style dash with S central speedo, Halda Twin Master, Avanti map light, period bucket seats, full harnesses, FIA cut-out switches, plumbed-in fire system, hand-held extinguisher, heated laminated screen, side and rear windows in poly carb, halogen headlights, 4 Lucas spots and reversing lamp.
    The original Longman 1275GT engine was rebuilt with standard crank balanced and Hepolite competition pistons, cylinder head gas-flowed with over-size inlets to homologated sizes, inlet manifold matched and doweled to head, twin 1½ in SU carbs, twin Facet pumps, in-line Filter King, AEG 530 cam, S distributor with points, Lucas sports coil, Champion spark plugs with copper leads, 13-row oil cooler, competition clutch and standard flywheel, Maniflow exhaust manifold and skidded system, S 4-synchro type box, straight-cut gears, standard drop gears as per Group 1 and standard differential with 4.1:1 ratio.
    Included are two spare wheels, Don Barrow Poti map magnifier, photo album record of work carried out and original restoration invoices, BMIHT confirmation of manufacturing date/details, entry lists with results and road books 1979-1987, CD containing rally images of car in action, original FIA homologation papers number 5405 of October 1970, MSA Historic Vehicle Identity Form, MSA Competition Car Logbook, CCC January 1987 and Mini World November 2005 with 5 page article. It also appears on page 168 of ‘RAC Rally Action’ by Tony Gardiner.
    Having only been trailer-borne to Silverstone and Chatsworth for displays in recent years, GTL 430N is in much the same superb mechanical and cosmetic condition that it would have been on the startline more than 20 seasons ago. Fairly easily updated to comply with current MSA/HRCR regulations, this fully equipped rally Mini with significant period competition history would be both eligible and competitive for the Post Historic category of special stage events or, with only minimal additions to interior trim, should acquit itself well in road rallying.
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