Hi, I can confirm that the mini has been restored....ive sat in it My friend knows the guy who owns it and restored it and drove it on the Monte carlo rally. Its an absolutely awesome car and I can't wait to see it on Top Gear. Its even been signed by the man himself on the bootlid! All of the parts are amazingly genuine..even the Lucas wiring was done by the man who originally wired it back in the 60's! Alot of work has gone into the car and it has definitely been well worth it. Click the link
To be fair on adelg88 and others: it now seems that sometimes we blame people for either not using the search function or for resurrecting old threads. They can't win that way.