15k Wasteland Wednesday: 1965 Austin Mini Cooper-Jeep; The Meep

The BMC Mini is one of those motoring icons that is instantly recognizable anywhere and is known for its compact package, large usable space and cat-like reflexes. Throw all you know out the window and expect women and children to scream at the sight of this monster truck style Mini wherever you go.  This 1965 Meep is for sale in Hampton, GA currently bidding on ebay for $12,000, with a buy it now price of $15k.

It is fitting that Meep-Meep is the noise the Roadrunner always makes because we couldn’t pick a better car for the Coyote to pack with dynamite and chase after that pesky seed eating menace.  The custom nature of this Meep would of course mean that it would fail in a catastrophic way right before the pointy tailed punk meets his doom, but we’d have done some fantastic off-roading in the Southwest desert before the nitroglycerin blows our Coyote fur into a flower petal shaped necklace.

We are beginning to suspect that nothing Mini related was harmed in the building of this hotrod, and the chassis looks to be sourced from a Jeep YJ frame with a 1/2 foot lift kit.  The engine is a 350 cubic inch Chevy crate motor, probably good for 350-400 horsepower.

The Mini body looks comical mounted between the Jeep axles, but the execution looks nice, aside from the odd looking ’30s Ford style painted gas tank just aft of the Mini hatch.  Regardless the approach and departure angles look aggressive and this will certainly be more competent off road than say…a Mini Countryman. 

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