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 Posted: Feb 25, 2022 10:58AM
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We had several David Brown tractors on our dairy farm back in the 1900s. There was some liaison between the tractor division & the automotive division.

"Tractor Group's Lagonda and Aston Martin

In 1947, Brown saw a classified advertisement in The Times, offering for sale a High Class Motor Business. Brown acquired Aston Martin for £20,500 and, in the following year, Lagonda for £52,500, followed by the coachbuilder Tickford in 1955. He subsequently concentrated all the Aston Martin manufacturing at the Tickford premises in Newport Pagnell. The David Brown years saw production of the legendary DB series of Aston Martins, which were featured in some James Bond films.

David Brown also had connections with Vosper shipbuilding, and Delapina and Radyne machinery.

Both car companies were sold in 1972 to Company Developments Limited, when Aston Martin was in financial trouble, for a nominal £100."

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 Posted: Feb 25, 2022 05:54AM
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Question: is that the same "David Brown" company that made tractors, among many other things?

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"Hang on a minute lads....I've got a great idea."

 Posted: Feb 25, 2022 12:49AM
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They aren't crusher-fodder, but they aren't that special either.  Unless the build quality has improved since I inspected one, I wouldn't bother...
Non-injection cars are used as donors - they will only source carb'd models to avoid the really stringent emissions tests that require a cat.

 Posted: Feb 24, 2022 07:04PM
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Sounds like future crusher fodder.

 

 Posted: Feb 24, 2022 09:02AM
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For those who have deeper pockets, and still want to keep the Mini as close to original as possible with some slight modern twists, David Brown Automotive on the other side of the pond, has a US importer in Florida now. 
If I wanted to spend that on a Mini, I'd do it somewhere else and have more power than what they're offering for that price. But they still do a good job on it none the less. 
If it's your spot of tea, then you're in luck. 

https://apple.news/ABRjr3uXlRdO-lr7VTOWpzw

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Simple recipe for Excitement:  Take 1 Classic Mini. Throw in 1590cc's of engine. Add 5 gears. A dash of 94 octane. A sprinkle of style inside and out. Toss in 1 MadMan and finally heat tires and pavement to taste. Recipe produces 1 Mini VTEC conversion and full satisfaction. Motor on!