Lot 241 - 1960 Morris Mini Minor Deluxe
|Engine Number||8AM-U-H/63824 UHE 147|
|Odometer reading||87,000 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £11,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,960|
The history of this revolutionary motorcar is well known and its impact socially, culturally and mechanically is well documented. The Swinging Sixties, The Beatles, Twiggy and the Mini are inexorably combined to represent an era that is remembered with great fondness by many people. The side story is the Mini's impact on motorsport and this is no less extraordinary. Issigonis' friend John Cooper, owner of the Cooper Car Company and designer and builder of Formula One and rally cars, saw the potential of the Mini for competition.
Supplied new via Appleyard of Leeds with body number 33113 and manufactured on the 17th August 1960, this lovely Mini is presented in Clipper Blue and has spent much of its life with an overseas worker, from 1971 until 2014. The car had covered only 67,000 miles upon his purchase for just £57.50. Used as an everyday car until late 1973, the car was then dry stored for some 12 years due to travel/work commitments. Upon waking from its hibernation in 1985/86 the car was completely refurbished with brand new interior and a re-spray at a cost of over £2100, which in 1985 and on such a small car was quite a bill. Only minor mechanical work was undertaken during this restoration with the engine and gearbox in fine order, however due to another series of overseas postings the car was used sparingly and dry stored again until 1992 hence the present mileage of fewer than 87,000. The car to this day retains its original features and is admired wherever it has been displayed and coupled with a comprehensive history file, photographic evidence of the restoration, heritage certificate, full years MoT test certificate and countless old MoT test certificates to warrant the mileage this is certainly a highly desirable early Mk.1 and we would certainly encourage any potential new owner to spare the time to view this example and its great history file.