For anyone interested in a Minari I thought I'd post this email reply:
Yes that is correct, I am now the new owner of the Minari.
If you got the lead from the internet you have no doubt visited the Minari register, if not, it will give you all the info and background of the car.
I am not up and running yet but will be setting up a web site www.minari.org
The official launch will be at the International Kit Car Show at the Royal Agricultural Showground, Stoneleigh, Kenelworth, Warickshire, in May 2008.
I will be building 2 demo cars, a Road Sport ( RS ) and a Road Sport Race ( RSR ) to be ready for the launch, both SVA'd taxed and available for test drives. Both cars can be seen on the register site, the RSR under "on the track". During 2008 I will be attending as many shows and track days as possible to promote the models.
Prices are yet to be finalised but aim to be under £4000 and £3500 inc. vat for RS and RSR respectively.
The basic kit will be the full monocoque and panels, fixings, hinges etc. not taken from the donor. Glass, hood, trim kit, hard top, lighting pack, will all be available at exrta cost, though packages will be offered for those wishing to buy a more complete kit from the start right up to fully built cars.
A non donor parts list will be provided for those wishing to source these themselves. There is a very good build manual on cd and I will have copies of these available soon for a small fee refundable on purchase of a kit.
Donor Alfa 33's are still plentifull and either free or max £500 for an excellent one!! I will be stocking donors also. The 146 can donate it's excellent 1.7 16v injected engine also. In time I will look at using this car as a complete donor.
On a tight budget using donor wheels, that look good anyway, trimming and spraying yourself, a RS could be on the road for £5500 or less. Using proffesionals to paint and trim and adding some new parts and luxuries £8000 should be plenty. The RSR will be considerably cheaper and quicker to build as there are no doors, windows, wipers, hood, heater, trim, stereo etc. it is also a slightly lighter body shell, and considerably lighter front end bonnet unit and boot lid. Specials can be made to make this car more road going or more full race with large arch flairs and carbon fibre shell.
I could go on all night but best to give me a ring on 01872 279419, or m/b 07807424819.