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Lot 203: Mini Mayfair Saloon

The Monaco Sale, Bonhams (11 May 2012)

By the end of 1980 the original 850cc Mini had gone, leaving the Mini 1000 - available in City and HLE variants - as the sole model available. Introduced at the same time, a heavily revised 'A-plus' version of the venerable A-Series engine together with an improved gearbox (both from the Metro) made the Mini both quieter and more refined than ever before. In 1982 the 'luxury' 1000 HLE version became the 'Mayfair', featuring tinted glass, cut pile carpeting, head restraints, passenger door mirror, locking fuel filler, Raschelle velour upholstery (as seen in the Metro Vanden Plas) and radio as standard. Together with the base model (renamed 'Sprite'), the Mayfair gained the Metro's 1,275cc engine in 1992. The following year both models' interiors were revamped with bigger, Metro-type front seats and, in the Mayfair's case, a burr walnut dashboard boasting a radio/cassette player and more comprehensive instrumentation including a rev counter. An alarm/immobiliser was standard on the Mayfair. This left-hand drive Mini, believed to be a Mayfair, is currently in the hands of only its second owner, showing a mere 46,670km on the odometer and has been maintained and serviced at a garage in Nice. In 2007/2008 the car was stripped to bare metal and totally restored by a garage in Italy. Finished in black with white stripes and grey cloth interior, the latter boasting a handsome wooden dashboard, the car is offered with restoration invoices and Monaco registration papers.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
TypeCar
Lot Number203
Estimate€3000-€5000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€3300
Hammer Price (inc premium)€3795
Year1990
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Number of doors2