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How much is a classic Mini that's had an engine swap worth?

I'm looking to buy an 1989 Mini with 90,000 miles on the clock. The original 998cc engine has been replaced with an MG Metro 1275cc engine. It's in Immaculate condition and has had many extras fitted. What sort of money should I pay?

Asked on 13 February 2018 by Howard McQuaker

Answered by Keith Moody
We haven't inspected the car, so we can't give you a definitive price - just a guide. Top money for one of these without the engine swap would be £4000-£5000. Whether or not it's worthy paying more for the engine swap, is something you'll have to decide for yourself. Has it been done well? Were the engine mounts replaced? Has the cooling system been upgraded? Was the clutch replaced at the same time (from memory the original bell housing won't fit), have the brakes been upgraded? How does it drive? Has the speedo been recalibrated? Check, check, and check again for rust. Mini are a hoot to drive and easy to get bits for, but keeping on top of the bodywork can be a full-time job.
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