Lot 254 - 1960 Morris Mini Concours
|Odometer reading||121 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £19,000|
The first Austin Morris Mini was made by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) in 1959 and is still today considered a British Icon. The first example with the registration plate of '621 AOK' is now on display at The Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire. This February 1960 Morris Mini Minor has been beautifully restored by Michael Standring of Wood & Pickett in 2013 with a complete 'nut and bolt, ground up' restoration and is finished in its original Clipper Blue.
Many of the early evolving Prototype features can be seen on this car, specifically floor push-start, flat front and rear screen panels, large upright steering wheel, welded seat brackets, chrome sliding window catches, original brass door hinges and straight 'magic-wand' gear lever.
The car was restored using as many of the original parts as was possible including the engine, wiper motor and heater assembly . The front and rear sub-frames and all bracketry were black powder coated prior to re-assembling the car and the engine and gearbox were completely overhauled.
The interior was specially commissioned using Newton Commercial, sympathetically restored to the original specification including horse-hair stuffing. The original 1960 heel mat and wheel arch pad were incorporated into the new carpet.
The car comes with a photographic record of its restoration, an original Morris Mini Minor sales brochure and specification sheet, British Motor Heritage Certificate and Morris Mini Minor handbook. There is something about the purity and minimalist nature of the early Mini that is enchanting. This beautiful example has been dry stored since its restoration and has never seen any rain, hence its extremely low mileage and irrefutable concours condition.