This Mr. Bean Mini is the ultimate replica
The classic British comedy sitcom Mr. Bean introduced the world to an iconic green Mini. This brilliant replica is heading to auction
The legendary comical character of Mr. Bean remains a national treasure in the UK, equally adored by millions across the globe. Brought to life by the physical comedy of Rowan Atkinson, the series follows various self-inflicted misadventures suffered by the rather peculiar character – and his long-suffering classic Mini.
A constant throughout the show, Bean’s lime green Mini has become a worldwide star, as instantly recognisable as the man-child himself. There's plenty of replica Minis out there, but arguably the finest one yet is heading for sale with Classic Car Auctions during the 2019 Practical Classics Restoration Show.
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Appearing brand new in its distinctive black and green colour scheme, this 1992 Mini City E has been completely restored, and in the same ownership for the past three years.
Although Minis are a fantastic classic to own, they remain notorious for rust issues. This example was treated to a bare-metal respray in 2017, where all traces of corrosion were cut out. New replacement panels were fitted including new front wings, scuttle ends, apron panels, bonnet and sills. The work was pretty extensive, but it has resulted in a solid shell that will be enjoyed for years to come.
Under the hood lurks the trademark 998cc petrol engine that is reported to be in good condition. While the body was receiving some TLC as part of the car’s restoration works, the engine was treated to new gaskets and seals.
This little unit has been fitted with a Stage 1 performance-package that adds a Maniflow exhaust manifold, gas-flowed inlet manifold, and big bore system for some added power. Visually, the engine block has been painted with green engine enamel to match Mr. Bean's car.
Other components fitted as part of the car’s total restoration include a new wiring loom, Cooper-grade brake discs, braided brake lines, and fresh period-correct tyres.
This Mini is lacking a comprehensive history, but its restoration has been well documented. It also starred at the 2017 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show where it was assembled live on stage.
The replica Mr Bean car has an estimate of £6000 - £8000 ($7700 - $10,300) for when it hits the auction blocks.