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Lot 302: Morris Mini Minor Saloon

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (11 April 2011)

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. BMC chose to market the car as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor before Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969. Some 50 years after the Mini's introduction most early cars have been either scrapped or restored, which makes this original and unrestored example highly unusual and of particular appeal to collectors of the marque. 'YHJ 42' was purchased new by the current vendor and used up to 1974 when it was taken off the road. Kept garaged at the vendor's home, the car was serviced and put back on the road last year for old times' sake. The re-commissioning process involved replacing the battery, starter motor, clutch slave and master cylinders, wheel cylinders (x2), fuel pump, tyres (x5) and sundry minor parts at a total cost of �615 (invoices on file). Described by the vendor as in generally fair condition, the car is offered with old-style logbook, current road fund licence, MoT to 5th May 2011 and Swansea V5C. Interior door levers are the only notified deviation from factory specification.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, The Royal Air Force Museum, London
TypeCar
Lot Number302
Estimate£3000-£4000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£4025
Year1961
Condition rating4
Registration numberYHJ 42
Mileage-
Chassis numberMA2S452080
Engine number93075
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors