posted 4 years ago

Eighth Oldest MINI Sells For £40,250

Wow! One of the world's oldest MINIs has been sold for £40,250 at auction.

Wow! One of the world's oldest MINIs has been sold for £40,250 at auction. In fact, this historic vehicle was the eighth example to roll-off the production line at Longbridge in July 1959 – three months before full-scale production began. According to the Daily Mail, the vehicle – which is registered as XLL 27 - was then shipped to Car Mart Limited in Essex where it was sold to the first owner. The final keeper prior to the auction bought it in 1986, and we believe it has now been sold to a UK enthusiast. One with deep pockets, perhaps?

Now, it would be easy to assume that this car is in perfect condition considering its monstrous price tag. Errrrr, nope. It is a wreck. The most notable feature of this Austin MINI Se7en De Luxe Saloon is rust, which covers much of the once shining paintwork. Furthermore the engine – which has covered 30,000 miles – cannot start, and the interior looks sadder than that bloke who lost his winning lottery ticket. Anyone would think this car has spent years in a barn covered with chicken feathers. Oh, it has. As such it is believed to be the oldest non-restored MINI in the world. I like it, but would hate the restoration cost.