1972 Austin Mini 1275 GT


  • Subject to extensive, high quality restoration
  • Highly original condition
  • Immaculate from both a mechanical and aesthetic perspective
  • Advisory free MOT into May 2024

The Appeal

1275, the four all important numbers that turn a standard classic mini into something truly special. Lightweight, dynamic and punchy. Of course all words that can be used to describe the regular car, but the 1275 GT does a rather marvellous job of taking all those wonderful qualities and turning them right the way up to 11. 

As GT Minis go, this one really does take some beating. Subject to an incredibly extensive restoration, FKM 124L, a 1972 model, now presents in utterly impeccable condition. With the body, interior and mechanical underpinnings all having had a significant dab of the restoration brush, this car is now an absolute show stopper. For the classic mini enthusiast or for someone looking to break into that field, FKM 124L presents an exciting opportunity to acquire what must surely be one of the finest 1275s on the road today.

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 29/08/1972
  • Bought by the current owner circa 2003 as part of a fleet of Clubmans destined to go time attack rallying
  • The car was rallied for some considerable years before it was decided the next step would be to restore it back to original form
  • The car was subjected to an incredibly extensive restoration at the hands of the current owner using the finest quality OEM bits where possible 
  • Dry stored throughout current ownership
  • Accompanied by the correct V5 registration document 
  • Due to the car’s historic status it is both tax and MOT exempt
  • Although MOT exempt the current owner has had the car MOT’d which is valid with no advisories until May 2024
  • Vendor reports the car has covered around 50 miles since restoration work was completed

The Interior

  • Exceptionally clean, highly original interior space
  • Restored to an incredibly high quality
  • Clean black seating front and rear, upholstered in the correct “basket weave” style
  • Matching black door panels with clean and neat door furniture and embellishments
  • Centrally mounted switchgear in good order and understood to be working correctly
  • Gauges situated in the car reported to be the original set
  • Neat and simple high quality Mini dash panel
  • Great clean, contrasting white headliner
  • The 1275 GT 3 spoke steering wheel was custom made by the current owner using a standard clubman wheel and the template from a pre-existing 1275 GT that was to hand
  • Brilliantly clean and solid body coloured boot area, with spare wheel and tool wrap housed inside
  • Plush black carpeting throughout

The Exterior

  • In truly superb aesthetic order
  • Subject to thoroughly extensive cosmetic restoration
  • Stripped down to bare shell
  • Bodywork blemishes and flaws were rectified and repaired prior to paint
  • Glorious deep red paintwork used throughout, in remarkable form
  • Exceptional chrome trim used throughout the car, exhibiting a brilliant shine from all angles
  • Iconic front end design unique to the 1275 GT
  • Pop out rear windows
  • Front and rear chrome bumpers in brilliant order
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Panel gaps are level and consistent across the entire car
  • High quality silver 10” steel wheels sat on all four corners of the Mini
  • Contrasting 1275 GT decals along the side of the car

The Mechanics

  • Factory 1275 GT car with lightly standard 1275 engine situated under the bonnet
  • Subject to extensive restoration of the car’s mechanicals
  • Rebuilt original engine will all new internals
  • Rebuilt original remote gearbox but with upgraded ‘Pot’ inboards CVs
  • Uprated to 1293cc
  • Big-valve head, ported with bigger valves by Mini Speed
  • Nearly every component from the running gear has been stripped, rebuilt or replaced with factory parts where possible
  • Original subframes removed and restored
  • Reported to do what all Minis do so well, provide an exceptional driving experience
  • Lightweight, peppy pure unadulterated fun
  • Backed by a wealth of enthusiast and parts support
  • As highlighted by the accompanying photographic package, the Mini’s underside is impeccably clean and solid; finished in a matching red colour scheme
  • Advisory free MOT for added mechanical peace of mind


Having covered just a handful of miles since its restoration, this Mini really needs nothing to be enjoyed. Brilliant and unique paintwork, a clean interior and outstanding mechanical underpinnings, one struggles to think of what else could be asked of this car. 

Classic Minis are seldom offered for sale in this high quality. Realistically if one wanted a Mini of this quality normally, they would have to buy a project and restore it themselves, therefore FKM 124L introduces a rare and exciting opportunity to purchase an exquisite example of a British icon with the added legwork of a lengthy restoration already done. 

The big question is, where would you find another quite like it?

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1972
  • Make Austin
  • Model Mini 1275 GT
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 91,449 Miles
  • Engine size 1293
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Chelmsford
  • Location Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
31 bids
  • 78•••• £18,750 23/06/23
  • KM•••• £18,500 23/06/23
  • KM•••• £18,250 23/06/23
  • JX•••• £18,000 23/06/23
  • KM•••• £17,750 23/06/23
  • JX•••• £17,500 23/06/23
  • JX•••• £17,230 23/06/23
  • JX•••• £16,500 23/06/23
  • KM•••• £15,750 23/06/23
  • Da•••• £15,200 23/06/23

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