After 36 years hidden, mint 'barn find' Mini wants a new home
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A beautifully restored 1963 Morris Mini Minor Super De-Luxe is estimated to sell for £5,000 to £6,000 when it is auctioned on June 17, while a slightly later 1967 Mini 850 De-Luxe in genuine unrestored condition and with only 36,000 miles is coming up for auction on July 18, estimated at £6,000 to £10,000.
The Mini, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, was launched in 1959. Its space-saving transverse engine, front-wheel-drive layout was revolutionary and set the blueprint for all subsequent small cars - as well as a plethora of much larger ones.
Production carried on until 2000 with relatively few changes over such a long production run, during which more than five million were made.
The 1963 example is being sold by Charterhouse at its auction at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet.
Matthew Whitney of Charterhouse said: “The Mini is a motoring icon and every time I see an early model it puts a smile on my face.
“With excellent parts availability, simple mechanics, their diminutive size, bags of character and fun to drive, Minis appeal to classic car enthusiasts of all ages.”
The auction is being held in conjunction with the Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show, which attracts huge numbers of enthusiasts, collectors and dealers. It takes place on June 16 and 17.
The 1967 example being sold by H&H Classics at its Pavilion Gardens sale in Buxton on July 18 has been in single ownership in Lancashire from new and in storage since 1983.
Although the exterior and underneath show the car has been used, the bright red interior is almost pristine. The car is being sold with its original bill of sale, two keys and its handbook.
The vendor, the son of the original owner, said: “My father purchased GBV121E brand new in 1967 for his early retirement. The car was used mainly for holidays; my parents loved touring the Highlands of Scotland as well as North Yorkshire.
“My father was diagnosed with ME in the early 80s so the Mini was very little used and in 1983 it was taken off the road. When my father was told he would never drive again he gave the car to me.
“It was sheeted and raised off the floor supported with wooden blocks under the sub-frame to keep the weight off the suspension and wheels and never moved again until this year. So the car only ever had one driver.”
The 36,000 recorded miles appear genuine. There's some surface corrosion but it's totally original
Roger Nowell of H&H Classics discovered this gem sitting in the garage where it has been parked for 36 years. He said: “The joy of this job is that now and then you stumble across a car that you just know is going to excite other car lovers as much as it excites you.
“This little car is such an iconic symbol of its time of Britain and our motoring history. It was utterly revolutionary in its day and had a massive influence on the automotive industry.”
- Telegraph UK