Lot 178 - 1972 Morris Mini 850
|Odometer reading||31,500 miles|
|Result||Sold - £4,256|
- Fully restored example
The history of this revolutionary motorcar is well known and its impact socially, culturally and mechanically is well documented. The Swinging Sixties, The Beatles, Twiggy and the Mini are inexorably combined to represent an era that is remembered with great fondness by many people. The side story is the Mini's impact on motorsport and this is no less extraordinary. Issigonis' friend John Cooper, owner of the Cooper Car Company and designer and builder of Formula One and rally cars, saw the potential of the Mini for competition and a formidable opponent it soon became. The production version of the Mini was demonstrated to the press in April 1959 and by August several thousand cars had been produced ready for the first sales. The Mini was officially announced to the public on 26 August 1959. The first example, a Morris Mini-Minor with the registration 621 AOK, is on display at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire. Another early example from 1959 is on display at the National Motor Museum in Hampshire.
The Mini Mk.I had three major UK updates; the Mk.II, the Clubman and the Mk.III. The most obvious changes were larger doors with concealed hinges and customer demand led to the sliding windows being replaced with wind-up windows. The suspension also reverted from Hydrolastic to rubber cones as a cost saving measure.
This delightful and fully restored Morris Mini 850 is a rare automatic example. Presented in Teal Blue with a Snowberry White roof and retrimmed interior, this example boasts an upgraded period radio. Described as a full nut and bolt restored example, the car was purchased from a Mr. Frame who had, in his spare time, restored the car over many years. Receipts for parts and the full respray can be found in the history file accompanied by a British Mini Club valuation certificate dated 6th April 2017 with a value of £7500, original service book, handbooks and 23 MoT test certificates. Offered with an MoT test certificate until February 2019 this is an ideal opportunity to own a fabulous British motoring icon.
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.