Lot 260 - 1989 Mini B.A.C. M-30
|Odometer reading||1,507 miles|
|Estimate||£34,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £32,480|
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 which allowed 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. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the British market received numerous 'special editions' of the Mini which shifted the car from a mass-market vehicle into a fashion icon.
In 1989, the British Automobile Company celebrated 30 years of the Mini and decided to completely strip and modify 30 vehicles and pin a £30,000 price tag on them. However due to the eye-watering cost, only three vehicles were produced and this is believed to be the second one. Formerly the property of Bernie Ecclestone, this B.A.C. Mini has a superb specification. The engine is a modified 1380cc MG unit built by Ian Hargreaves from Avon Baugh Mini Tuners and is mated to a four-speed gearbox. The suspension is semi-adjustable and brakes are discs at the front and drums on the rear. The bodywork includes prominent wheel arches and modified bumpers. There is no brightwork on the car except for the solid silver M-30 badge. The green coachwork is in excellent condition and the Spruce green leather interior unmarked. The front seats are by Recaro and the dashboard is B.A.C’s own design with their own instrument binnacles. To add a touch of class, burr elm was used to house the magnificent collection of switches and dials. Coachbuilt Minis, such as Wood & Picket and Radford’s, have been achieving impressive prices of late, this B.A.C. M-30 is even rarer and is sure to be in high demand.
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.