Thursday, 29 September 2016

Is Corsican hatchback Mini a Radford?

Welcome back to Hatchback Mini news, where one story leads to another... and yet another! This time it's Dada Rotily Forcioli to get in touch. Dada is a forest worker on the island of Corsica and stumbles upon car wrecks regularly during his work. After seeing yesterday's mystery hatchback Mini, he found the time ripe to show his find, too. It's a Mini wearing Morris 850 badges, and one with a hatchback conversion, too. The base vehicle appears to have been white, but is repainted in bright blue, with a (once) Tartan red interior. Is it a Radford conversion? Dada found the car some four years ago in a forest in southern Corsica, 30 meters below road level, from where it must have come. He knows nothing of its history but is planning to retrieve the Mini from its woody location and restore it, though. Surely not an easy task, as it seems in a real bad shape. Perhaps a reader here may know more about it.

This Mini has been lying here for a long, long time and is in a real sorry state
Picture Dada Rotily Forcioli

But look at that. It's no ordinary Mini. This one has been converted into a hatchback, too
Picture Dada Rotily Forcioli

Badly bumped and detoriated, but the leftovers of the rear door are there, too
Picture Dada Rotily Forcioli

You can clearly see here where the boot lid was welded to the hatchback door frame
Picture Dada Rotily Forcioli

Corsican sun has bleached the Tartan Red interior. Is it a Radford? And who knows its story?
Picture Dada Rotily Forcioli

2 comments:

  1. That's going to be a long and painstaking restoration!

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