Lot 149 - 1961 Austin Mini Seven
|Odometer reading||69,260 miles|
|Result||Sold - £9,520|
- Garage find
- Rare early 1961
- Recommissioned and MoT'd
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. Very few classic cars have seen such a meteoric rise in values as the Mini has over the past five years. The Mini holds an iconic place in British motor car history and in the hearts and minds of any driver, it is safe to say no other car can spark a conversation in the same way with many people having owned a Mini and likely to have a story or two to tell. On its introduction in August 1959 the Mini was marketed under the Austin and Morris names, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor. The Austin Seven was renamed Austin Mini in January 1962 and Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969. The early Mini's have become particularly sought after with early examples difficult to find in original condition.
Originally registered on the 7th July 1961 this early Austin Mini 7 was discovered by our vendor five years ago in a garage in Ware. A Mini enthusiast himself he was taken by this early example which appeared in solid condition throughout. After a quick inspection and a bit of haggling, he purchased the car and brought it home with the intention of restoring/recommissioning the car for the upcoming Mini meet at Brooklands, however, this was back in 2013 and the car has, much like the years before, been parked in a garage. Luckily the garage in question is heated and thus this Mini is still a nice solid garage find. Offered in grey coachwork, our vendor has recommissioned FSJ 155 and obtained a new MoT test certificate valid until June 2019, also presented with the car is an original owner's handbook. We strongly recommend viewing of this rare early Seven to appreciate the quality and originality, offered at no reserve it is sure to be well received.
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