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Lot 456: Austin Mini Countryman Project

The Harrogate Sale, Bonhams (13 November 2013)

One of the most influential automobiles of all time, the Alec Issigonis-designed Mini debuted in 1959 to universal acclaim. True, there had been numerous front-wheel-drive designs before the Mini's arrival, but the transverse engine layout allowed Issigonis to create a trend-setting masterpiece of automotive packaging. Approximately 12 months after the Mini saloon's introduction, estate car versions appeared in the form of the Morris Mini Traveller and Austin Countryman, both of which were based on the long-wheelbase Mini van floor pan. At first they were available only with 'woody' embellishment, a style that had proved immensely popular on the Morris Minor Traveller, though in the Mini's case the timber was not structural. Naked, all-steel versions appeared later. Although produced until 1982, the Mini estates were never given Hydrolastic suspension, while the single trim level available was equivalent to that of the De Luxe saloon. This apparently highly original Austin Mini Countryman is offered for restoration. The chassis condition is described as good and the body as average-to-good, although the bulkhead requires welding. The original interior is poor and the condition of the transmission and electrics is not known. We are advised that the engine is seized. There are no documents with this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed. No reserve.

Lot Details
Auction The Harrogate Sale
Bonhams, Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK
Lot Number456
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1600
Hammer Price (inc premium)£1840
Condition rating2
Registration numberUFM 564F
Chassis numberAAWB-1077451A
Engine number99H 141H716
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors