Lot 167 - 1972 Morris Mini 850 owned by World Champion Boxer ’Prince' Naseem Hamed
|Odometer reading||31,500 miles|
|Result||Sold - £10,080|
- Fully restored example
- Offered with a new MoT test certificate
- Owned by former World Champion Boxer ’Prince' Naseem Hamed
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 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 26th 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.
International Hall of Fame boxer ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed competed from 1992 to 2002 and is ranked as the third best British featherweight boxer of all time by BoxRec. He held multiple world championships at featherweight, including the WBO title from 1995 to 2000, the IBF title in 1997, and the WBC title from 1999 to 2000. He also reigned as lineal champion from 1998 to 2001, IBO champion from 2002 to 2003, and held the European bantamweight title from 1994 to 1995. Hamed was known for his unconventional boxing antics and spectacular ring entrances which included entering the ring on a flying carpet, a lift and a palanquin, as well as re-enacting the video of Michael Jackson's Thriller, and wearing a Halloween mask. He was also known for his front somersault over the top rope into the ring, his highly athletic and hard-hitting southpaw boxing style, and formidable one-punch knockout power; having finished his career with a knockout-to-win ratio of 84% winning 31 by knockout, 5 by decision and just 1 loss.
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 an owner 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 MoT test certificates. Offered with an MoT test certificate valid until February 2022, this is an ideal opportunity to own a fabulous British motoring icon owned by a famous British sporting icon.
Guide Price £6,000 - £10,000
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