Lot 257 - 1979 Austin Mini 1000
|Odometer reading||57,421 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £7,000|
|Result||Sold - £6,384|
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; with its space-saving, front-wheel drive layout, allowing 80% of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage. This influenced a generation of car makers and, 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 very first example, with the now iconic registration plate '621 AOK', is on display at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire.
Originally supplied by Wadham Stringer in Wiltshire on 27th November 1979, this Austin Mini 1000 has been restored to a very high standard. The vendor is a very knowledgeable motoring enthusiast and he purchased the car for his grandson, taking into account the cost of insurance for teenagers. The car has been dressed to look like a much more sporty 'Austin Cooper S' but underneath it all, AMW 213V remains a pretty standard Mini 1000. The grey coachwork is unmarked and the black interior fitted with Recaro-style sports seats. The original service books are supplied with the car together with a comprehensive history folder; the mileage of 57,421 appears to be correct although not warranted. A V5 registration document is present, together with an MoT test certificate valid until 22nd October 2016. This Mini is in excellent order throughout and is very realistically estimated given the obvious appeal of such a splendid example.