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August 1959 saw the birth of the Mini and started a story that continues today. It set new motoring standards which the rest of the industry spent years scrambling to match. However, there was something about the Issigonis-inspired Mini package that could never be replicated. Never before had there been a transverse engine driving the front wheels with a gearbox in the sump. The Mini has continued to make headlines ever since setting milestones along the way. Perhaps the less noteworthy or palatable was that it caused the collapse of the British motor-cycle industry. It was used by Royalty, even the Queen was seen driving one in Windsor Park but it was really celebrities that immortalised the early Minis.

Offered here is an early Mini in Tartan Red and Grey Fleck interior in fantastic condition. The Heritage Certificate shows it to be a RHD, Home Market example despatched to Bath Garages on 11 October 1961. Eventually it was purchased by Robert Moore in 1968 for £175.00 ( invoice in the history file) and was his first car replacing his Triumph Speed-Twin with sidecar. The registration number 996 MW was on the car at the time and still remains with it. The Mini was eventually restored some years later by him and is fully documented with a comprehensive amount of photographs. It went on to win various show events and three trophies remain with the car. The V5 shows that it was passed on to a lady of the same address and shows just one former keeper. The history file contains original handbooks, invoices, promotional items and magazine features of the car.

This is a very charming early Mini with a great history line ready to be used.

Silverstone Auctions Ltd
The Forge
Harwoods House, Banbury Road
CV35 0AA
United Kingdom
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