Lot 120 - 1979 Austin Morris Mini 1000
|Estimate||£3,000 - £5,000|
|Result||Sold - £4,480|
The original Mini is considered a British icon of the 1960s with its space-saving, front-wheel drive layout, allowing 80% of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage and was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T. 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. 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 remarkably well kept Mini 1000 automatic has been cared for throughout its life, covering a mere 21,800 miles from new. The original owner, a Mrs. B. Elliot, purchased the car in June 1979 for £3,139.59 from Kennings Motor Distributors of Derby. The car had been undersealed and Cadillac protected by the factory before being finished in works colours, Russet Brown, which has helped to keep it in such condition to this day. The interior trim and headlining are in fabulous order and the paintwork is certainly a credit to the car, as is the chrome detailing. However, she isn't just about good looks; indeed on a drive to and from Brooklands on Mini day in March, this car didn't miss a beat. Accompanying this vehicle is an impressive history file, including many old MoT Certificates (some warranting mileage) as well as a wealth of servicing and repair bills and even the original bill of sale and receipts. Original handbook and owner's workshop manual can also be found along with a current MoT test certificate valid until January 2016. Having been garaged and looked after by its three lady owners, this mini is a true collector's example with a supporting history to cement its place as a true classic. With a keen estimate, why not raise your hand for a real slice of British motoring history…
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