Lot 319 - 1987 12851 Mini Mayfair
|Odometer reading||11,050 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £7,000|
The Mini was a made by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The original is considered a British icon of the 1960s and its space-saving front-wheel drive layout that allowed 80% of the area of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage influenced a generation of car makers. In 1999, the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century behind the Ford Model T. This distinctive two-door car was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, and was manufactured at the Longbridge and Cowley plants. The Mini Mk. I had three major UK updates; the Mk. II, the Clubman and the Mk. III. Within these were a series of variations including an estate car, a pick-up and a van. The Mini Cooper and Cooper 'S' were sportier versions that were successful as rally cars, winning the Monte Carlo Rally four times from 1964 through to 1967. Initially Minis were marketed under the Austin and Morris names, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor until Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969.
This Mini Mayfair with automatic gearbox was first registered on 19th February, 1987 and has covered only 11,050 miles since. Finished in Zircon blue, this 26 year old car is supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 7th June, 2014 as well as the original service books. During his ownership and being a Mini enthusiast, the vendor invested in new brake discs, pads and callipers together with having an 'unleaded' cylinder head fitted. He also had the gearbox reconditioned by TES transmissions in Westbury, Wiltshire at a cost of £1,746. This was carried out in October 2012 and is covered by an 18 month or 18,000 mile warranty. Unfortunately the Mini has developed a noise which has not been fully diagnosed, but which appears to come from either the engine or transmission. The A-series engine is a fairly basic straightforward unit and the gearbox remains under warranty for a further five months. The vendor, due to personal commitments, is unable to devote any additional time in trying to resolve this issue. What is without doubt though is the overall condition of the car and the incredibly low mileage; less than 500 miles a year since new.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.