Original Mini’s were built for a period of four decades and sold during six, from the last year of the 1950s into the last year of the 20th century, over a single generation through various different guises such as fastbacks, estates, and convertibles. It is unmistakable that it was rendered an instant icon being small and agile through the corners, this little terrier punches well above its weight.
The Leyland Mini GTS, a unique South African model which was produced as a higher performance successor to the Mini 1275 GT at the Blackheath plant in Capetown, is the one to have, if any. The decision to locally cast a version of the Cooper S engine for use in the GTS was a major benefit to the car, considering that by 1973 the Cooper S specification 1275cc unit had been phased out in other international markets.
We have touched on the Mini history and the engine but the drive is an experience on its own. The almost go-kart-like feel to the car is unlike any other experience on the road and it is still pretty quick considering it’s age and power output, as well as the lightweight body making for an agile approach to cornering.
The orange exterior with the white side stripes definitely gives off the Cape Town summer vibes but if that wasn’t good enough – then the surf board is the perfect addition to give it that lifestyle look. The car sits on some nice 15-inch wheels with the rubber at a neat 80% of life left. The Interior is dressed in black leather which is a comfortable 9/10 in terms of the condition.
If you are looking for a great little South African special to add to your collection or even just a December run-around then this is a stunning opportunity not to be missed.
Interesting trade-in’s will be considered.
Location – Cape Town
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Landline : 021 200 5774