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The team at North Oxford BMW and MINI is delighted to announce that its selected Sobell House as its chosen charity for 2018!

Last year saw a team of 13 runners participate in the Oxford Half Marathon, the team had numerous bake sales and sponsored sports events but recently its been working on something a bit different in a plan to raise some more funds for this very worthy cause…

Last year the company’s MD William Le Fevre went to a charity auction at Classics On The Crick and purchased an original 1980s Mk5 Ford Cortina. This car was a barn find from the High Wycombe area; rescued from a garage where it had sat since 1997.

William passed it over to the team of car experts to see if they could restore the car in the new state-of-the-art body shop at MINI, Long Hanborough and sell it on with all proceeds going to Sobell House.

A team of volunteers quickly got to work on it and have spent hours of their free time turning this car into a masterpiece. The car was stripped right back to a shell, new wings fitted and the whole lot re-painted like a new car. As many new parts as possible were employed in the re-assembly; although they’ve done their best to conserve what’s there too.

The team’s hard work has resulted in a stunning success. The Cortina has been brought back to life and is a real work of art. Take a look at the photos below showing the car at various stages of its restoration.


Thank you to all those who took part in this project!