A Mostly British Obsession

Saab Story


(Forgive the pun!) My friend Paul and I travelled to Olympia today to look at a Frogeye Sprite and a Mini “Cooper” that a gentleman down there has. His shop was absolutely stuffed with 2-stroke Saabs, some of them quite rare these days.

Frogeye Sprite

The Mini and the Frogeye were interesting cars, the frogeye, despite appearances, being a pretty sound car. The mini was more problematic, at least to me, as in theory it’s a Cooper but lots of questions without actually checking numbers. The owner has spent a lot on the car, but it’s definitely not how I would have spent my Mini money if I had any.

Paul’s thinking about the Frogeye, it will depend on what price the owner decides to hang on it.


  1. That is a LOT of cars. I thought you were kidding!! They are stacked in there. How does he move them out if sells one??

  2. I’m surprised you didn’t offer to buy the whole lot. ;)

    Imagine the rust collection you could have!


  3. The Mini could be a Mk 2 Cooper. It has the correct grille, external door hinges and sliding windows. Also twin carbs with the correct air cleaner. Shame about the awful non-standard paint job. Do a careful numbers check (although I suspect the engine plate has long since disappeared).

  4. PS If you need a hand with the VIN/chassis/motor numbers I can help. Just email me : wjwmorrow at yahoo dot com

  5. Roger

    April 8, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Mad, the car didn’t have twin tanks and had a wishing-wand gearbox, though that may have been a later replacement. Also had the complete (ugly) interior out of a later car.

  6. Roger: Off the top of my head I think the twin tank was an option on the Mk 2 Cooper but standard on the S. The magic wand gear stick is worrying as these were only on the 850s. The Cooper had a remote shift.

  7. was this guy named “shawn”?

  8. Roger

    May 10, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Marie, that name does seem familiar in this context…do you know the gentleman?

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