Lot 342 - 1972 Austin Mini 1000 Mk. III
|Odometer reading||69,900 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £6,500|
|Result||Sold - £4,760|
The Mini was 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 allowing 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.
Originally registered on 25th January 1972, this Mini 1000 has recently been restored and presents in very good order. The red coachwork is unmarked and we are advised there are no known faults with XAM 562K. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate together with a comprehensive collection of invoices; Mini's have become highly desirable and sought after of late, with prices continuing to rise. Good examples such as this will always be in demand, offering classic car motoring at an affordable price.
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.