posted 4 years ago

MINI Cooper Found After 36 Years

A MINI Cooper has been found in a garage thirty-six years after it last tasted tarmac, the Daily Mail reports.

A MINI Cooper has been found in a garage thirty-six years after it last tasted tarmac, the Daily Mail reports. This remarkable machine was purchased new in 1966 from Stringers Garage in Portsmouth, Hampshire. The owner, the now late Brian Smith, then benefited from its fun-focussed handling and potent engine for the next ten years. However, poor health forced Mr Smith to stop using the car in 1976 after 22,720 miles. It then sat in a garage until his death, aged seventy-six, in 2012. This green classic was then discovered by his family still sporting its tax disc, which expired in September 1976 and cost £40. The vehicle will now be sold at auction and is likely to raise £12,000. The MINI is in fantastic condition for its age, but requires a considerable amount of work to restore her former glory.

Neil Piper, Mr Smith’s nephew, said: “There are no real car enthusiasts in the family so we decided to put it up for auction.” He continued: “The car needs renovation and we don’t have the expertise to do it.” Matthew Whitney, from Charterhouse Auctioneers in Dorset where the car will be sold, added: “MINI Coopers are synonymous with the swinging sixties and an icon of British motoring. So often classic MINIs have covered intergalactic miles or had panels and engines replaced, but this Cooper is a matching numbers car in totally original condition. It is probably the most important MINI Cooper I have been instructed to sell.”