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 Posted: Aug 28, 2017 12:02PM
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If DMV records show as such, would that make it, technically, legal to drive (transfer)?

DMV Registration Inquiry Report:
2 RECORDS ON FILE. DMV HAS FIRST RECORD EMPTY

 Posted: Aug 28, 2017 11:42AM
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Very lucky to get it registered in California.

If in doubt, flat out . Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

 Posted: Aug 28, 2017 10:45AM
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Only two owners from DMV records.

The second owner (current seller) said that the original owner was aware of the re-vin when the car was imported.

 Posted: Aug 28, 2017 09:45AM
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It is a known fact that most stolen Mini's do not end up here in the States, just BS as Bill stated. Since the Chunnel and before it was built it was and is far easier and cheaper plus quicker to move stolen goods not just Mini's (there is way more profit in other cars and things believe me) over to Europe.

If in doubt, flat out . Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

 Posted: Aug 28, 2017 08:58AM
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 The statute of limitations is FIVE years.. on import of cars and trucks.  this includes Re Vin.  This came out in Federal court in Wilimington NC. when the ADA Steve West was going after Dr Aaron Richardt over SEIZING 78 land rover defenders that he has imported..  Dr Aaron customers ALL got their land rovers back. thanks to the Defender of the Defenders..  I would ask current owner who imported this mini and who sold it to him.. later bc  ps.. all this BS about every re vin being STOLEN is just an old wife tale..

 Posted: Aug 28, 2017 07:29AM
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It would help to locate one in your area if your profile was filled out.

If in doubt, flat out . Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

 Posted: Aug 28, 2017 06:27AM
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Thank you all!

My search continues, I guess.

If anyone has a lead, throw it at me. 


Thanks again.


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 Posted: Aug 28, 2017 03:50AM
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That's just too funny! Kaitlyn Jenner, the ultimate Re-VIN! ??

But seriously folks, the car in question is definitely illegal and especially illegal in California. Now, depending on what it really is, it may be legal in some states if registered under it's original numbers. The only problem at that point is if it was stolen and re-VINed. At that point it's gone and you're out of the money invested. Speaking of which, now that you've published photos showing the California plates and it's new VIN, it's gonna be real easy for the Chippies to find and crush. You might want to tell the owner to get it out of the great state of California before it becomes scrap metal...seriously, they can and will crush it. Thanks to your photos and numbers they can find it by computer.

"Retired:  No Job, No Money, Wife and I!  Will travel anywhere for Minis"

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 Posted: Aug 28, 2017 02:47AM
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This is akin to getting married to the girl of your dreams, wedding night, everything is coming along fine and then on closer inspection you find out when it's too late, you married a revin or trans gender as they call it now

Run

Big AL

austinmorris@xplornet.ca

Niagara Ontario Canada

 Posted: Aug 27, 2017 09:23PM
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Also not a Cooper I suspect..... 
Definately not a 68 one....lol

 

"Everybody should own a MINI at some point, or you are incomplete as a human being" - James May

"WET COOPER", Partsguy1 (Terry Snell of Penticton BC ) - Could you send the money for the unpaid parts and court fees.
Ordered so by a Judge

 

 

 

 Posted: Aug 27, 2017 09:13PM
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GB
Late 80s or early 90s reVIN that has been monkeyed about with.

As it's on California plates, I'd suggest walking away - the fact that it is registered and titled doesn't remove the fact that it is a totally and utterly illegal car in a State known to seize and crush cars they don't like.

Metric is for people who can't do fractions...

 Posted: Aug 27, 2017 08:48PM
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No, I have not made the purchase yet.
Thanks for all the great information.

Just to add, the car is currently registered.
Would that still make it illegal?

I will reconsider my offer.

Thanks again.


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 Posted: Aug 27, 2017 07:37PM
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91 or 92ish car 1275 carbed with a 1996 Equinox interior.

OOP's that is a Mini Tahiti interior i believe, that's what i get for looking at MM on a cell phone.

If in doubt, flat out . Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

 Posted: Aug 27, 2017 07:21PM
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This car's origins are questionable.
Was it stolen?
Definitely Illegal...
If you already bought it...that's another kettle of fish.

If you study the pictures of a Mark 2 Mini, it would have sliding windows and 10' wheels..
The Mini in these pictures has a lay down brake master post 1984.
If there are no numbers on the trunk latch take a door panel off and read the door latch panel.

You will need to determine the exact year to find the correct replacement parts.

Air bags?  ECM ??/

Keith & Deb

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 Posted: Aug 27, 2017 07:18PM
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Walk away.  It is a re-vin.  There are a lot of good cars out there.  You may want to find a local club and get hands on education about Mini's.  Michael

 Posted: Aug 27, 2017 06:51PM
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Its a VIN swap! Maybe because it's too late of a car to import or maybe being right hand drive it was stolen in the UK and vin swopped to hide it's true identity? Whatever the case it's ILLEGAL............................

Mini's are like buses they come along in a bunch

 Posted: Aug 27, 2017 06:36PM
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yea.. dido what KD just said. sure NOT a 1968.. my guess  early 90s..  

 Posted: Aug 27, 2017 06:30PM
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Thanks for the input.
In your opinion, does that necessarily affect the value of the car?

It's currently registered as a 68.

The condition is there, just not sure whether or not an older 68 is more valuable than an ~84.

Thanks.



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 Posted: Aug 27, 2017 05:53PM
kd
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Not a 1968. It's a later than 1984. check the trunk lid for a date on the latch mechanism... Deb

Keith & Deb

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 Posted: Aug 27, 2017 04:25PM
 Edited:  Aug 28, 2017 06:05AM
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Hallo!
I'm new but already checked some articles to get start identifying a 1968 Austin Mini Cooper I'm about to purchase.
It's right hand drive, 4-speed. The the cluster in the dash is behind the steering wheel, not in the middle compared to the ones I saw online. The cluster is also rectangular.

VIN: A-A2SBS-xxxxxxxx makes it an 1968 MK II (the tag is riveted on the chassis behind the passenger headlight)
What I'm not sure of is what the second "S" on the A2SBS stand for. There is also no number right after the "2S", instead, it's a "B" compared to the example on the article.

Commission Number: 2/cx cxxxxxx L
The "L" is on the very far right of the tag riveted on the chassis by the alternator, located near the radiator.

Also, anything else I need to look at to identify the originality?

Any help would be awesome!

Thanks


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