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- Highly desirable Mini Countryman, built by the Leyland group
- Impressive white paintwork with a rich red interior
- 3-month warranty on engine, gearbox and axles from the vendor
- Sold with a fresh contrôle technique
By 1967, the Mini Countryman was already one of the most successful British cars ever built - and was now being fitted in a range of shapes and sizes. Perhaps the most desirable was the Countryman - an extended, ash-framed estate car which still carried the attractive persona of the little rally-winner.
This example is presented in a highly desirable colour scheme, with a beguiling heritage interior. With its resplendent ash frame, it’s a highly attractive variant of a much-loved British classic.
The History and Paperwork
- Built at Austin’s Longbridge factory in 1967
- French specification with left-hand-drive and KM odometer
- Sadly we don’t know very much about the car’s history
- The vendor does inform us that the car has been restored
- Currently indicates 75,000 miles on a five-figure odometer
- Sadly, this can’t be verified as authentic mileage considering the vehicle’s age
- Unfortunately we’ve not been informed of any paperwork supplied with the car
- The vendor does, however, inform us that there's a photographic record of the restoration
- The vendor also informs us that it’ll be provided with a 3-month warranty and fresh contrôle technique
- Highly impressive red heritage interior
- Walnut dashboard with period instruments and Austin-branded wheel
- Red vinyl seats with white piping
While nobody can expect a Mini to be a highly luxurious car, this example is certainly a beguiling one. With its lacquered, nicely polished dashboard and a small but perfectly presented array of instruments, this Countryman conjures up plenty of elegance in a very lightweight package.
All of the instruments are clear and easy to read, and the lacquer on the dash is perfectly clean and glossy, with an attractive wood grain throughout and the unusual luxury of air-conditioning, something not often seen in Minis of the period.
The seats and door cards are nicely presented and free of rips or tears, as are the matching door cards - which carry only the slightest sag to their vinyl covering. The carpets are bright and largely clean, with only a few marks to the footwells. The headlining has some age-commensurate wear but still conjures up with the rest of the car nicely.
- Impressive exterior with extended cabin
- White paintwork with beautifully presented ash frame
- Early-Austin style ‘wavy grille’
With its rural aesthetic and attractive wood accents, the Countryman’s estate styling is a treat of English rural style. These cars are very highly clamoured for, thanks to their period woodwork, and it’s easy to see why.
The paintwork is showing some light blemishes, particularly around the sills and arches - but they do little to detract from the car’s overall condition. The bodywork is straight and appears to be in fine fettle, with no issues we can highlight.
The woodwork has been recently treated and looks superb, with a very attractive grain. The chromework is nicely presented with a light patina, and we note the addition of an early Mk1 ‘Wavy’ grille - this isn’t period accurate to the car, but is a lovely aftermarket touch.
The car is sitting on disc wheels, which are shod in Falken tyres. These present well with no major issues we can spot. Underneath, the car has some light surface corrosion but largely presents in fine fettle, with no perforation and the metalwork looks in solid order for a British car of this vintage.
- 998cc A-Series engine
- 4-speed manual transmission
- Car’s engine in good condition with the Morris head on full display
- Recently restored and showing only minor signs of wear
Recently restored, the cars’ Morris A-Series engine is very nicely put on display inside the engine bay. The green head is nicely presented, with only light signs of wear across the board. We’ve been informed of no leaks, smoke, knocks or bangs from the car when running, and it looks to be in fine shape.
The vendor informs us that it’ll be provided with a fresh contrôle technique, and sees no reason it’s likely to pass. For buyer confidence, it’s also supplied with a three-month vendor warranty on the engine, gearbox and axles.
With its charming presentation and evocative interior, this Countryman is a superb example of perhaps the most desirable of the early Minis. There’s no doubt that this is sure to get plenty of interest.
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