Lot 271 - 1980 Leyland Mini GT Clubman (1275cc)
|Odometer reading||31,000 miles|
|Result||Sold - £9,632|
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; it was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century behind the Ford Model T. The distinctive, two-door vehicle 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.
This rare and immaculate 1275 GT Clubman has the benefit of just three owners from new and has covered a mere 31,000 miles. Almost all MoT test certificates are present, as is the original bill of sale alongside a copy of the Mini World Magazine where it was featured in November 1999. As stated in this article, not a single panel has been replaced; it has since had a small amount of cosmetic work done namely paint and also Spax and electronic ignition fitted. It is still a fantastically original example today. Three of the four original run flat tyres and the bar were removed and come with the sale of the car. The 1275 GT took over from the Cooper S at the top of the range and even today, it's a swift little car. It drove impeccably in the recent London to Brighton Mini run and the vendor, who calls it his pride and joy, indicates it has never skipped a beat in his ownership. The history file is comprehensive with full service history, invoices and bills throughout its life. This car is offered at no reserve; one of the best Minis we have ever come across and with provenance to match, it is sure to be a collector's delight.
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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.