Classic Mini - A guide to values
and restoration costs
We are contacted regularly by people
who ask what a Mini will cost to buy and what is my Mini worth
as I now want to sell it.
Classic Minis are valued these
days purely on condition of the bodywork, and variant, certain
limited editions are highly favoured. Whilst the parts are not
expensive the labour to fit them is.
Example Prices of Panels
Front wing - £62.00
Scuttle - £90.00
Front Panel - £70.00
Sills - £25.00
A panels - £20.00
So to purchase both front wings,
both A panels, scuttle and the front panel will cost around £320
+ VAT, labour to fit - allow 30 hours at say £40 per hour
equates to £1200, then allow a further £1000 for painting.
That totals up in excess of £2500.00. Therefore you will
appreciate Minis that have been restored to this standard command
such high prices, whilst cars that are suffering from rust on
these panels are valued considerably less.
Example valuation - Mini Cooper (1997 - 2000)
We are currently being offered several
of these later cars at the moment, in most cases rust has started
to form on the windscreen scuttle, door skins, A panels and on
the front panel under the headlights.
TOTALLY MINT* - £5,000 +
AVERAGE** - £2250
BELOW AVERAGE*** - £1000
POOR**** - £600
* - A fully restored or a rust free
original example without any rust or mechanical imperfections,
low mileage (under 5K per year) and full documented service history
** - A clean useable car with average
mileage that may have minor mechanical issues ( Not gearbox crunching
when selecting 2nd gear) and most panels are free from corrosion,
car to have at least 8 months MOT.
*** - Rusty on door skins, A panels,
sills, scuttle and front panel, ideally requiring major restoration
**** - A highly corroded example, excessive
corrosion and probably beyond economic repair, ideal for parts