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 Decoding a Mini body number

 Created by: Mr.Vman
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 Posted: Jan 10, 2013 09:46AM
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I am looking for a MK1 or maybe a MK2 Mini sedan.  refer a project but, everything is considered.  Would be nice to have Cooper. Don't mind "clones" of a Cooper.  I can do body work and paint.  But there is reasonable to rebuild also. Don't want to mess with cars with altered numbers.  This includes standard Mini or Cooper.  Arizona does not like altered numbers on  "imports".  I have thought about the Australian cars as they have the roll up windows ( I am in southern Arizona), not sure on their values as compared to the UK cars.  Let me know if something is out there.  Thanks for the time, Mr.Vman

 Posted: Jan 10, 2013 09:00AM
 Edited:  Jan 10, 2013 09:07AM
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What Mini is it, so others can be forewarned.

Have you looked on the 4 sale site here and the swap and shop at www.vancouverminiclub.ca

 

 

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 Posted: Jan 10, 2013 08:47AM
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what are you looking for  smurf@com-pair.net

 Posted: Jan 10, 2013 08:01AM
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Thanks the help and time on this VIN situation.  I will pass (not buy) the car.  Time to move on a find another car to buy.  Must be some honest Mini projects out there.  How about MK 1 projects in the west?  Once again thanks, Mr.Vman  (until the next car shows up)

 Posted: Jan 9, 2013 08:37PM
 Edited:  Jan 9, 2013 08:42PM
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I found B20S, its the commission number prefix for a 1974 - 1980 Mini City. See here.

http://www.minimania.com/article/1489/Mini_Chassis-VIN_and_Commission_Numbers__Part_I__Revised_

You've got a FrankenMini there.

 

The power of keen observation is often viewed as cynicism by those who don't have it. G.B.S. Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Oscar Wild

 Posted: Jan 9, 2013 08:36PM
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can you post a picture of the car??

 Posted: Jan 9, 2013 08:31PM
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B20S has the form of the prefix of the commission number for MkIII and later. The body number of a MkI is on a small rectangular plate maybe 2" x 1/2". If the plate your number is on is bigger than then it could be the commission number which is different from the body number. But the number does not make any sense. The closest is N20S for a Mini 1000.

The power of keen observation is often viewed as cynicism by those who don't have it. G.B.S. Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Oscar Wild

 Posted: Jan 9, 2013 07:08PM
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So the last "S" which should stand for Super Delux should not be there if it were a Cooper?  What about the body number in the hood latch area?  That should have an "A" prefix if it is a Cooper?  Thanks for the help.

 Posted: Jan 9, 2013 07:01PM
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yep number sounds made up...  Cooper number with a extra S in the vin code

 Posted: Jan 9, 2013 06:36PM
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Can't be both a Morris Cooper or S as indicated by the K and a Super Deluxe as indicated by the second S. The second S is suspicious.

The power of keen observation is often viewed as cynicism by those who don't have it. G.B.S. Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Oscar Wild

 Posted: Jan 9, 2013 05:26PM
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Considering buying a Mini.  I think it is a MK1, maybe a Cooper.  The tag on the radiator support is; K-A2S4S-88XXXX.  Tag is phillips head, screwed in.  I understand this would be a Morris Cooper, A series engine, 2 door sedan, MK1, super delux?   The number on the hood latch area, welded on.  "Bonnet locking platform" is,                   B 20S/ZZZZZZ/A.  If the car is a Cooper, "A" should be a prefix not "B", is this correct?    Am I reading the Parnell book correctly?  Is this car a real Cooper?  What is it?  Thanks in advance, Mr.Vman