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Classic Mini Limo From UK Fails To Sell On eBay

Check out this 1969 Mini Cooper Limo that was made from three Minis. Here's what the seller had to say about it:
A 1969 STRETCH MINI-COOPER LIMOUSINE, IT IS AN APPROX. 50 ” STRETCH AND RIGHT HAND DRIVE, IT WAS PROFESSIONALLY DONE IN THE U.K. BY A COUPLE GUYS THAT WORKED FOR A LIMOUSINE STRETCHING COMPANY, AND IT WAS BUILT ON A BET, THEY WERE SITTING IN THE PUB AFTER WORK, DOWNING A COUPLE OF PINTS OF BEER, AND TALKING ABOUT WHAT WOULD BE A COOL PROJECT CAR TO DO, THAT NO ONE HAD DONE BEFORE AND WOULD BE STRUCTURALLY SOUND. LUCKILY ENOUGH THE MAIN BUILDERS FATHER WAS A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER, AND HE DESIGNED ALL THE STRUCTURAL ISSUES, SO IT IS OVER BUILT IN AVERY WAY, AND IS SO SOLID AND DOES NOT HAVE ONE SINGLE CREEK OR A SWAGGER OR ANY GAP PROBLEMS. YOU CAN JACK UP ONE CORNER OF THE CAR UP 3 FEET AND STILL OPEN ALL THE DOORS AND STILL HAVE ALL THE SAME GAPS PERFECT EVERYWHERE. THE CAR IS AS CLEAN UNDERNEATH AS IT IS ON TOP, NOT UNDER-COATED, BUT PAINTED WHITE AND WAXED LIKE ON TOP, NOT A SPOT OF RUST ON THE ENTIRE CAR GUARANTEED…WHILST IN THE U.K. IT WAS IN A TEMPERATURE REGULATED GARAGE, AND NEVER OUT IN RAIN OR SNOW. IT WAS BUILT USING 3 CARS, AND HAS 3 CROSS MEMBERS, AND LOTS OF STEEL GIRDERS, LOTS OF CONNELLY LEATHER, WILTON WOOL CARPET, AND BURL WOOD EVERYWHERE, THE REAR DOOR WINDOWS HAD TO BE SPECIAL MADE BY MINI FOR THE CAR, THEY ARE OF COURSE TEMPERED GLASS, AND I HAVE A SPARE SET FOR THE NEW OWNER THAT GOES WITH THE CAR JUST IN CASE. THE ENGINE IS VERY POWERFUL. IT IS A SPECIAL 1430CC WITH A SPECIAL TRANSMISSION. THE CAR WAS BUILT IN 1993 AND FINISHED LATER IN LATE 1994, SO MOSTLY NEWER PARTS WERE USED ON THE CAR WHEN BUILT.ABOUT 18 MONTHS AND SOME 4,000 MAN HOURS, IT HAS APPEARED IN MANY MAGAZINES AND HAS BEEN IN 3 MAJOR FILMS, AND SOME 45 COMMERCIALS, I HAVE A VHS TAPE WITH MOST OF IT ON THERE. IT HAS CUSTOM MADE AIR CONDITIONING COMMISSIONED AND MADE BY MINI IN GREAT BRITAIN AND TOOK 9 MONTHS TO MAKE FOR ME. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE THAT I COULD WRITE ABOUT THE CAR AND COULD GO ON FOREVER, BUT I WOULD BORE YOU AND I DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT, CHECK OUT MY WEB PAGES LISTED IN THE ADD, AND IF YOU STILL WANT MORE EMAIL ME, I LOVE THIS CAR BEYOND WORDS. AND SO WILL YOU IT IS TRULY A ONE OF A KIND.
The car cost over $70,000 to make but didn't even reach the reserve. Bidding at eBay stalled at $11,100.

[Source: via Hooniverse]