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Lot 414: Austin Mini Saloon

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 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 enabled 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. The early Mk1 had the 848cc A-Series engine, rubber cone suspension, and floor-mounted starter button, the latter two features being replaced by Hydrolastic suspension and key starting respectively in 1964. This early Mini comes with its original buff logbook, showing that it was supplied new via Marshal Garage of Old Crosby, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. Since then, the car has had only five private owners (all documented), including the present one, remarkably all of them in Lincolnshire where the car has resided for 51 years. Currently displaying a total of 77,465 miles on the odometer, the Mini has been in the current vendor's hands since 2000, the original registration '244 DBE' being transferred that same year, and is believed to retain its original Mk1 bodyshell, sub-frames and engine. The suspension and brakes were overhauled in 1972 (bill on file), while the carpets have been renewed within the last ten years and the body has been repainted. This outstandingly original Mini is offered with the aforementioned documentation, current road fund licence, Swansea V5C and fresh MoT.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
Lot Number414
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating2
Registration number909 HFU
Chassis numberA/A2S70303018M
Engine number8AMUH349395
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors