So when I was in Belgium not too long ago, I decided to take a look at the old address where the cars were built, although I knew Monsieur d'Heur had moved from it years and years ago. When I got there the old works premises turned out to be a big surprise - they were nothing less then a castle. And a pretty one too! Unfortunately there was no one at home and I returned home with no more information. However, more recently fellow Dutchman Peter Camping, an enthusiastic subscriber to this blog, researched the Mini powered Méan a bit harder. He got in touch with Daniel Dodeur of 'l'Amicale Méan Motor Engineering' - a club dedicated to Méan and its cars, who was able to unveil the tale of how the Méan BMC Mini came to be. A good story, really, that I will share with you in the next part.
UPDATE 21 December 2011: Part 2 can be read now here
The brochure picture of the Mini powered Méan Sonora that started it all
Another publicity shot: an unassembled Sonora Spider kit sans engine
A works Sonora was rallied, too. This is on the 12 hours de Huy rally of 1965
Picture courtesy www.motorlegend.com
While a mean looking Méan Spider was raced. Who knows the venue?
Picture courtesy www.autodiva.fr
The only picture I have of the works premises - a castle! Unfortunately I couldn't see it
The Méan BMC Mini from another angle. Suspension clearly is not BMC sourced
Source: l'Automobile magazine