Lot 204 - 1982 Austin Morris Mini HL
|Odometer reading||28,091 miles|
|Result||Sold - £1,680|
The Austin Morris 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 1960's, and its space-saving front wheel drive layout 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 and one of the first examples from 1959 is now on display at the National Motor Museum in Hampshire. The very first example, with the now iconic registration plate '621 AOK', is on display at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire. The Mk. III Mini built from 1969 had a modified bodyshell, the most obvious changes were larger doors with concealed hinges. Customer demand led to the sliding windows being replaced with winding windows, the suspension reverted from Hydrolastic to rubber cones as a cost-saving measure. Production at the Cowley plant was ended, and the simple name Mini completely replaced the separate Austin and Morris brands. Although the Metro never actually replaced the Mini, production figures for the Mini dipped during the 1980s, and interest in the now-iconic design was not revived until the re-introduction of the famous Mini Cooper in 1989. This helped the car retain its desirability and driver appeal throughout the 1990's, right up to the end of production on the 4th October 2000. A total of 1,581,887 Minis were sold in Britain after its launch in 1959. The last new Mini to be registered was sold in 2004, some four years after the end of production.
This Mini is owned by a very knowledgeable enthusiast and we are advised she drives with no known faults. Finished in powder blue with a matching interior and wooden dash, this car also has flared wheel arches and wider tyres making it great fun to drive. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 12th February 2016. Offered at no reserve this Mini could well be a bargain.
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