A rare chance to buy a ‘saloon’-bodied Mini Shorty has come up. Are you tempted by this very orange curio?
Those with such a point of view take a huge chunk out of the Mini’s already diddly two-metre wheelbase to create what’s known as a ‘Shorty’. It’s far from a new idea, but you don’t often see these things for sale, especially not in hardtop ‘saloon’ form – most are convertibles. Only hacking up the floor and not the roof too makes life a whole lot easier, see.
The car had a whole heap of work done at the London Mini Centre in Putney last year, receiving a service plus a thorough body restoration. Once the latter was complete, the Shorty received a fantastically lurid lick of bright orange paint.
It’s fitted with a set of black and silver Minilite-style wheels wrapped in Nankang tyres with a decent amount of tread left. The wheel and tyre combo is a lot wider than what would have been fitted originally, so the Shorty has some neat, body-coloured arch extensions. There’s also a stainless steel exhaust, so it will at least sound fast.
Sadly, much of the car’s paperwork has been lost. All you get is the V5, some photos of it before the respray, and images of the 2020 restoration, some of which are on the auction page.
If that doesn’t put you off, the Mini is currently advertised on Car & Classic. A one-week online auction for the Shorty will begin on 20 October.