View Full Version : Weird Mini fastback in Australia (Mini Monaco?)

01-01-2006, 12:16 AM
Check this one out, I can't host the image just post the link


A rather strange looking Mini with a fastback style, I'm leaning towards homebuilt, the owner apparently called it a Mini Monaco

01-01-2006, 12:21 AM
Interesting, and looks to be nicely done.

01-01-2006, 12:24 AM
That was quick! Amazing what a web search can reveal...


I'm sure some of you guys know of Aussie Bill Buckle, produced some of his own sports cars between 1955 and 1961 under the name Buckle. I guess he converted some Mini's into these Mini Monaco's around 1966 - my information doesn't say how many were ever made.

01-01-2006, 12:32 AM
That was quick!

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Yeah, James. Just sitting on my fat can celebrating New Years.
Yippee, eh?

01-01-2006, 12:36 AM
Yup! Happy New Year, just finished watching a great Flames/Oilers game, of course Calgary beat Edmonton, yay!

01-01-2006, 12:38 AM
Argghhh! Calgary seems to be the Red Wings nemesis this year. Of course, I always love to see Edmonton get whipped.

Funny ChriS
01-18-2006, 03:52 PM
Only 30 our bild in fiberglas by Bill Buckle who worked for "Sidney Car Importer and Seller"

02-11-2006, 01:21 PM
Wow, that's slick. And I like the ferrari 250 driving by in the background too!

Sorry that's a Datsun - lol! I still like it. I was wondering why it looked so small.

tony barnhill
02-12-2006, 10:12 PM
What a neat Mini - what'd they have to do to make the modification?

02-14-2006, 01:27 AM
Custom fiberglass work... followed by making a mold (more fiberglass and wood), and then turning out the 30 cool looking cars! I'm planning something similar (but not as grandiose) for a fibreglass boot cover/tonneau on the B... Maybe the Alfa too!

tony barnhill
02-15-2006, 09:39 AM
So, it was a commercially produced kit?

02-15-2006, 06:09 PM
Tony, Check here. It's all the info I could find...

Look about 2/3 down the page under Mini Monaco.

Lot's of other neat looking conversions in there too!

tony barnhill
02-15-2006, 08:25 PM
Thanks, Kenny

02-15-2006, 08:36 PM
The Monaco was just one of a number of Mini Variants.

Here's a link to a page with some, including a little more background on the Monaco:


02-27-2006, 10:58 PM
Cool looker - I like it!

03-02-2006, 04:29 PM
Late getting on this thread... That Mini Monaco car is HOT!!!!

03-02-2006, 09:29 PM
Yeah. Definately way cooler than a regular box on lil wheels mini.

03-03-2006, 12:51 PM
Pinky: What are going to do tonight, Brain?

Brain: The same thing we do ever night, Pinky--work on our little British car.

03-10-2006, 11:26 AM
And there is my personal favourite the Mini Broardspeed from Birmingham. Se about 1/3 of the way down on the page linked below:


03-10-2006, 08:52 PM
Cool.... The Twini Mini is about the coolest engineering exercize in that whole site. And probably the most power a sorta-stock mini has ever had... (outside of the vtech honda transplants).

06-10-2006, 11:49 PM
John Centrone writes:
"My car is a 1966 Morris Cooper S . It's known as a Buckle Monaco."
Bill Buckle of Brookvale, Sydney was a 60s sports car manufacturer. Few are known to have survived of up to a possible 15 to 20 built.
As the owner of this car, I'm thrilled with your comments
I have owned it since 1984 and with the help of friend Colin Winter, we totally restored the car between 1995 and 1998. I won't bore you with details.
Worked 1293cc, 45DCOE. LCB with custom twin centre outlet exhaust. Adjustable suspension, Konis, Superfins and 6 1/2" Mamba wheels.
Regards, John.

06-11-2006, 12:49 AM
Hi John,

Saw your note over in Flickr as well, thanks for that information on your car, it definitely is a neat unit...

So when are you going to show it off over in North America? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif We're all waiting /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Seriously, I'd love to see it some day, in the meantime...

06-11-2006, 05:58 AM
I would love to make a career of showing my car.....
But I have to work to pay my bills.
Now, If some one were to pay the freight, That would be something else. Wouldn't it. Ah, one can dream I guess.
It would be fantastic to see it in North America.