Oldest unrestored Mini fetches £40,000 at auction
The 1959 Austin Mini Seven De Luxe which was recently estimated to fetch around £15,000 at auction fell under the hammer at £40,250
The 1959 Austin Mini Seven De Luxe which was recently estimated to fetch around £15,000 at auction fell under the hammer at £40,250.
The car was once owned by a Gladys Hobro of Aldwick in West Sussex before being bought by David Gallimore in 1986, who then kept it in his garage in Chichester until last year. The Mini has just 30,041 miles on the clock, while the 848cc engine is said never to have been touched aside from a few maintenance checks. On top of the rust on the bodywork you can see the Farina grey paint, and the car also retains its original registration plate (XLL 27) and even the glass washer bottle. Bonhams reports that the driver's door has been replaced, but that the rest of the car is completely original.
John Polson from Bonham’s said "the Mini is one of the most important cars of the 20th century. They have always been collectable. Some collectors would want to return her to new, but others would just like to get her going again and keep her in the original condition."