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Lot 005: Austin Mini

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

That the Mini survived in production for over 40 years should not come as a surprise to anyone. Such was the brilliance of the original design that concepts introduced at its launch still form the basis for most small cars today. After 10 years of production, it received a makeover of sufficient size to warrant a change to the internal BL model code, changing from ADO 15 to ADO 20. The Mk III incorporated wind up windows, concealed door hinges and larger doors, and by the time the Mk V had come along, the original Alex Moulton rubber cone suspension had made a re-appearance. It was largely assumed that the Mini would cease production after the introduction of the Mini-Metro, however it soldiered on until 2000 supported by the Cooper models and a range of special editions which kept interest alive in the product. This example started life as a 1987 Mini City, and was purchased by the vendor for his daughter to use. Treated to a full respray, it looked so good that he decided to add a genuine leather Cooper interior, wood trim dashboard, alarm, stereo CD, Union flag on the roof, superlight alloy wheels and twin carburettors. The end result looks most striking and causes quite a stir wherever it goes. Running well, with an MOT until October 2011 and taxed until May 2012, this distinctive Mini can be driven away from the sale and is ready for immediate enjoyment.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number005
Estimate£2250-£2750
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1987
Condition rating
Registration numberE188 XDV
Mileage-
Chassis numberSAXXL12S10220351832
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)998
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors