Visitors to this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 9 - 11 November, will have the opportunity to see a very special rare Twini Mini, once owned by motoring legend and presenter of Chasing Classic Cars, Wayne Carini.
Now owned by Mini enthusiast, Alan Willcox, the car was built by a talented engineer called Neil Preston. Alan already owned one example that he had bought in 2013 and after researching its history he discovered that another, identical model had been sold to a buyer in America.
Spending time in private ownership until 2010 it had then been purchased by TV motoring presenter Wayne Carini and was a much-loved part of his impressive collection. Keen to own both cars, Alan contacted Wayne and after visits to the US to see the special Mini, a deal was struck earlier this year.
Based on a 1965 Mini Cooper and built between 1995 and 2001, MGK 848D had been fitted with a pair of 1275cc Cooper S engines which together produce around 200bhp. Driving through two gearboxes - straight-cut, competition-style items operated by a pair of gear levers - the ‘Twini’ also features disc brakes all round and genuine Minilite magnesium wheels. With the linkage joining the gear levers disconnected, the car can be driven on just one engine.
Having covered just 700 miles in total - 400 of those during its 17 years in the US - the car was in stunningly original condition although some light recommissioning work was required following Alan’s purchase.
Although the car is driven regularly, including visits to shows and even to the pub says the owner, the NEC will mark just its third UK show appearance. It is guaranteed to be one exhibit that avid Mini fans won’t want to miss
The idea of a twin-engined Mini isn’t new, development work having taken place as far back as the 1960s. Alec Issigonis developed a Moke with two engines, and a pair of Mini saloons were built - one by the legendary John Cooper who subsequently crashed the car, and one by Downton Engineering for entry into the 1963 Targa Florio race. Poor reliability and that accident saw the project axed shortly afterwards.
The Twini Mini will be just one of a collection of interesting vehicles featured in a display of vehicles that are ‘Built to Last’, which is this year’s show theme.
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