Lot 149 - 1991 Rover Mini Cooper (Ex-Britt Ekland)
|Odometer reading||50,680 miles|
|Result||Sold - £7,280|
The Mini was manufactured 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 allowing 80% 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. Initially, Minis were marketed under the Austin and Morris names until Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969. The Mini was again marketed under the Austin name in the 1980’s and was offered in a number of limited editions that usually included a special combination of trim and badging. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the British market received numerous ‘special editions’ of the Mini, which shifted the car from a mass-market item into a fashionable icon. It was this image that perhaps helped the Mini become such an asset for BMW, which later bought the remnants of BMC as the Rover Group.
On 19th February 1964, just ten days after their first meeting, Peter Sellers and Britt Ekland married. He purchased a Mini for his new wife as a birthday gift which sadly was stolen and never recovered. Britt Ekland purchased the Mini we have for sale here on 29th November 1991 and was supplied by H.L. Austin & Sons Ltd in SW18. Present in the documentation is the original V5 and Service Record Book with her name and address; Billing Street, Chelsea where she lived at the time, with the notification of sale transfer slip with her signature on it. After owning the Mini for five years, the car was sold when she auctioned off everything she owned after her divorce from Slim Jim Phantom, the drummer from the Stray Cats in 1996. Presented in good all-round condition, this historic Mini is supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate valid until 30th April 2018 and the original service books together with a collection of invoices. Finished in black with half-leather seats, three clock dashboard and a Mini Cooper alloy steering wheel; a Mini is an iconic piece of motoring history, this low mileage example with an interesting original owner is offered for sale at ‘no reserve’.
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