Lot 129 - 1981 Mini Clubman Estate
|Odometer reading||36,517 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £9,000|
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, allowing 80% of the area of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage, 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. This distinctive two-door car was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis and was manufactured at the Longbridge and Cowley plants. 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. The Mini Cooper and Cooper 'S' were sportier versions that were successful as rally cars winning the Monte Carlo Rally four times from 1964 through to 1967. 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.
Originally registered on 1st August 1981 this Clubman estate has recently been restored to a good standard. The doors, sills and wings have all been replaced resulting in a solid sound example of this iconic car. The red paintwork is virtually unmarked as is the beige interior. PCD 167X is supplied with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate and we are advised that she drives with no known faults. Once a common sight on British roads, it is now unusual to see these cars other than at shows and local events. This is a perfectly useable example and, being an estate model, is both functional and economical.
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.