Lot 364 - 1979 Austin Morris Mini Convertible
|Odometer reading||36,379 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £9,000|
The Mini should need little introduction, however, it may be of interest to note that the Mk III Mini, produced from 1969 to 2000, had a modified bodyshell with several alterations from the early models. The most obvious changes were larger doors with concealed hinges. Customer demand led to the sliding windows being replaced with winding windows and the suspension reverted from Hydrolastic to rubber cones as a cost saving measure. With so many Minis built, it would become popular to modify to individual tastes.
On offer today is a convertible Mk III Mini modified from a standard saloon. To maintain integrity, we are informed that the car has been strengthened and has a roll bar incorporated for extra safety and rigidity. During the modification, new floors were also added. Mechanically, an overhaul of the front and rear suspension has been carried out, the commonly weak front and rear subframes have been replaced and the engine has been overhauled. The interior has been re-trimmed with leather seats, vinyl door cards and new carpets. A nice touch to the interior is the alloy door handles, window winders and leather matching dashboard. The Mini looks attractive with its metallic blue coachwork, black hood and tan hood storage bag keeping things tidy whilst the hood is stowed. A colour coded fuel tank resides within the boot area and is supplied via a quick release fuel filler cap.
We are advised that this, UK registered, little convertible Mini will arrive with a fresh MoT test certificate. With the summer upon us, what a fun package this is, that may enjoyed by a lucky new owner.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.