1961 Austin Mini Seven

Highlights 


  • Fantastic condition throughout 
  • Only 35,105 miles 
  • In current ownership for 15 years 

THE APPEAL 


The iconic Mini took the world by storm when it was introduced in 1959 by the British Motor Company. Designed by the famous Sir Alec Issigonis the Mini is recognised in every corner of the globe thanks to its incredible success over its 40-year production. This success established the car as a British icon and now is as instantly associated with Britain as the cup-of-tea and fish-and-chip stereotypes. Its popularity has yet to slow down thanks to its favour with enthusiasts of all ages and as such these tiny city cars frequent the classifieds and auction sites, with many in need of time and money to reach former glory. 

This 1961 Mark I Austin Seven Mini however is a fantastic example of the early series thanks to a cherished life and historic restoration work. Its factory originality, unmolested aesthetics and fine mechanical health make it an appealing purchase for any enthusiast, it’s been cared for comprehensively and can be used straight away as an economic daily or kept sheltered and used for show events and classic car meets. 



THE HISTORY & PAPERWORK 


  • Built 1961 in Morris Oxford Factory 
  • Registered in 1962, Surrey, United Kingdom 
  • 6 Previous Keepers 
  • In current ownership for 15 years 
  • Restored in late 1990s 
  • Mini Magazine Feature May 2003 
  • Heritage Certificate 
  • V5c Document Present
  • Previous ownership records
  • Engine rebuilt during current ownership 
  • Upgraded to B-Type Gearbox 
  • Original gearbox included in the sale
  • New Clutch, Oil Pump, Water Pump, Timing Chain in last 1000 miles 
  • Various invoices for parts and work carried out in current ownership 
  • Invoices for body welding, paint and corrosion prevention dated August 2021 - Garage Stored 
  • MOT & Tax exempt 



THE INTERIOR 


  • Re-trimmed late 1990s 
  • Great condition 
  • Seats could benefit from a clean 

Inside the classic Mini, you’re greeted with simplistic and attractive styling, showcased in a blend of red and white trim. The seats were retrimmed in the 1990s and are still in fabulous condition however could benefit from cleaning to brighten those white sections. The carpet and door cards are a gorgeous colour pairing to the exterior, with the tiny chrome detailing providing a pleasant touch of 60s style and the floor-operated headlamp dip is still present. The scarlet interior is reasonably spacious considering the car's petite size, roomy enough for two adults and two children, with additional boot space for the picnic basket. 



THE EXTERIOR 


  • Great condition 
  • Factory originality 
  • Recent welding & paintwork 
  • Larger restoration in the late 1990s 

The Mini's innovative design and charming styling attracted millions of buyers across its 40-year reign and this Mark I demonstrates exactly why thanks to its original factory styling and unmodified aesthetics. Simply put, this Mini is in superb condition, with only the smallest of blemishes present. The red paint looks grand, a great colour on this car, enriched by the tiny chrome detailing that follows the lower edge of the car. There has been recent work to the door sills, boot, and rear valance in which corrosion was removed, panels treated and the paint matched perfectly. Without a doubt, this car is a fantastic example of the early model. 



THE MECHANICS 


  • 848cc 
  • Rebuilt and tuned by current enthusiast owner 
  • New Clutch, Oil Pump, Water Pump, Timing Chain in last 1000 miles 
  • Pages of invoices for parts and work 

The Minis revolutionary design brings an impressive and thrilling driving experience thanks to its feather-like weight and a spriteful engine combined with its low centre of gravity and innovative suspension. Upon our arrival, the Mini was started and driven out of the garage where it has been homed for the last 15 years, covered and shielded from the UK’s elements. 

The 848cc engine started without hesitation, purring sweetly as the revs were increased. Mechanically, like the rest of the car, has been maintained and kept in perfect working order, with most work being preventative. Recent work included a new clutch, oil pump, water pump and timing chain. 



THE SUMMARY


An iconic part of automotive and British history, the Mini is still as infectiously charming as the day it was revealed to the world. This unmolested Mark I is a fine example of the famous car and a great opportunity for anyone looking to experience the incomparable joy that comes with classic Mini ownership.









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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1961
  • Make Austin
  • Model Mini Seven
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 35,105 Miles
  • Engine size 848
  • Town Falmouth
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Cornwall
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
23 bids
  • consequ•••• £12,000 13/09/22
  • murray.•••• £11,750 13/09/22
  • Ivor Va•••• £11,250 13/09/22
  • murray.•••• £10,750 13/09/22
  • Ivor Va•••• £10,250 13/09/22
  • murray.•••• £9,000 13/09/22
  • [email protected]•••• £8,600 13/09/22
  • Ivor Va•••• £8,100 13/09/22
  • Bernie•••• £7,600 12/09/22
  • Agnes19•••• £7,500 12/09/22

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