Lot 117 - 1989 Austin Mini Thirty
- 30-year celebration model
- Owned by the McAlpine estate
By the time the Mini celebrated its 30th anniversary it had already passed the remarkable production milestone of five million (achieved in 1986). Based on the Mini Mayfair and introduced in June 1989, the ‘Thirty’ was the most luxuriously equipped Mini Limited Edition model to date. Just two alternative paint schemes were offered - Cherry Red or black - featuring contrasting duo-tone coachlines and '1959-1989' decals and bonnet badge. Wheel arch extensions, door mirrors and sill covers were colour-matched to the body, chrome finish being reinstated for the grille, bumpers and door handles, while Minilite-style alloy wheels (soon to feature on the Mini Cooper) were a particularly handsome addition to the package. The 998cc engine could now run on unleaded petrol, and a catalytic converter was available as an option. 3,000 cars were built for the UK market, the colour split being 2,000 in Cherry Red, 1,000 in black.
First registered on 1st August 1989 this mini 30 special edition is owned by Lady Judy McAlpine and is part of the McAlpine collection. Offered with an MoT until March 2024 after a light recommissioning the car has largely been stood for many years in the collection covering less than 1,000 miles since 2016 hence may need a little further attention if intended to be driven regularly. This 1275cc Mini ‘Thirty’ is finished in maroon with black trim with a red-piped leather interior, while other noteworthy features include a white wood-trimmed dashboard, a sunroof, alloy wheels and spot lamps to the front. Presented to auction with a V5C registration document, previous MoT certificates and described as being in good condition having been stored inside away from the elements. This rare example would grace any collection or make an ideal run-around and is offered without reserve. Consignor Mathew Priddy
Guide Price £5,000-£10,000
*Interested parties should note the number plate shown is to be retained and a new, age-related registration issued instead.
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