Lot 108 - 1978 Mini 850

Lot 108 - 1978 Mini 850

Lot 108 - 1978 Mini 850

Lot Number 108
Registration UPL361S
Chassis Number XK251-480567A
Engine Number 130631
Odometer reading 27,432 miles
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £2,240

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 allowed 80% of the area of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage, influencing 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.

This 1978 Mini has had four previous keepers from new; the first being a Mr. Sebba who lived at Chessington Zoo, the third and fourth were father and son- the latter taking ownership in the mid 1990s and having the car repainted in the original colour just before putting it into storage in 2004. Believed to have only covered 27,500 miles from new, the current vendor purchased this Mini in 2014 and re-commissioned it, carrying out a service, replacing the brakes and fitting a new water pump, radiator, starter motor, hoses, thermostat and a number of electrical items. This very original Mini 850, finished in Tahiti Blue with beige interior, is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in December 2015 and a file containing all the original handbooks, the 'Passport of Service', the original bill of sale with the salesman's business card and a number of old MoT test certificates and invoices which indicate the mileage to be correct.

 

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.

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