- One of the first Countryman manufactured
- Charm of a 'woody'
- Outstanding restoration
- No reserve
Launched in 1959, the Mini, which design and development were supervised by Alec Issigonis was an immediate success. By 1960, new versions appeared, with a lengthened chassis, and the in 1961 the Morris and Austin Countryman, with greater refinement and improvement. At the rear, the bench is foldable and the windows slide. Carpets appeared and the woodwork (decorative) adorned the rear half of the body, aft of the side doors.
The car featured here is one of the first produced and was purchased from the French importer JP Richard in Paris. This early vintage is recognized in particular by the installation of the fuel tank inside which was later relocated under the car. Other features of the 1961 model the fuel filler was located on the left, and the battery against the spare wheel. This car has a complete history since 1993, when an extensive restoration was executed; a large file with photos taken at that time is available. The woodwork and interior are sublime. It is now in an almost more beautiful state than when it left the factory! The body is original and has the right number on the chassis plate. To improve performance, the owner put in a 1000cc engine that was absolutely new, and a gearbox easier to handle than the original. It is one of the first examples, restored without costs limits! Certainly the most beautiful we have seen!