Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Mystery Mini derivative (72)

I'd totally forgotten about this sporty little two-seater, parked in the folder 'Unknown' all the way back in 2009. It's a real mystery of which I still know nothing after all those years. The registration is part-blurred although we can make out 'STF ***H', which would indicate it was registered on a 1969 plate. 

So... anyone who recognizes anything in it? Could it be another Status Symbol or Status Minipower chassis built up with a home-made body? The wheels seem unlike anything I've come across before also. Who knows more..?

Two-seater sports car has been in the 'Unknown' folder for years now
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No doors, flat glass as well as most of the body parts. Surely a DIY creation..? 
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Mini engine caged at the back with exhaust making some fancy turns
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Registration is unknown but STF***H indicates it's on a 1969 plate
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Design seems to have been inspired by Status Minipower. Chassis possibly from that?
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Narrow cockpit, simple dashboard layout. What is this mystery Mini derivative?
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Status Minipower surely seems to have been an influence but was more sophisticated
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  1. There's a few things visible that seem to me to suggest it isn't a Minipower, or at least it's been hacked about from standard. First the front suspension upper arms. Not the same as a Minipower which has a one piece upper part and spring/shock with lower pickup towards the inside of the vehicle. This has the spring/shock going between two upper arms and the lower pickup close to the outer lower ball joint (Look at online Minipower pics). Also, it has a central gear lever, rather than the right hand one on a Minipower. Lastly the rear wheels appear to be further forward than on a Minipower, although that could just be the angle that the second photo was taken from. Can't see enough from the rear views to tell if it's a Minipower chassis or not, too much mesh in the way. The headlights look familiar tho :-)

    1. Yes, I agree on the front suspension. Possibly just 'inspired by'...?