A CHERRY red 1989 Mini 30, one of 3,000 produced to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the car, is to go under the hammer at Barons’ Yuletide Classic sale at Sandown Park on Tuesday, December 16.
What makes this vehicle unique is that it has covered a warranted 137 miles from new – and that was the delivery mileage. The first – and so far only – owner bought the car for his private collection and the car has been stored in a heated garage since it was driven from the supplying dealer 25 years ago.
It has not been driven on the road since, so has never been MOT’d, and is literally in ‘as new’ condition. It comes complete with original tax disc, logbook, sales brochure and (unopened) warranty pack and a copy of the book ‘Mini Thirty Years On’ by Rob Golding, which came with the car courtesy of Austin Rover. The estimate for this pristine little car is £9,750-£11,500.
Mini fans are spoilt for choice in the sale, as no fewer than six examples are on offer, and all are special in their own way.
For rarity value it’s hard to beat the 1977 Vortz Cooper Miglia 1000cc. The car was owned by Vortz family members and is a fascinating example of an unusual piece of British motoring history (£6,000-£8,000).
Also going under the hammer are a 1967 Mini Cooper (£10,000-£13,000), a splendid 1993 Mini British Open Classic (£9,500-£10,500), a 1979 Mini Cooper S replica (£4,000-£6,000) and a 1985 Mini City E that has been comprehensively restored (£1,500-£2,500).
Barons’ Yuletide Classic features a wide range of classic and collectors’ cars. The 1976 VW T2 camper van might just have the edge on the Vortz Cooper in the rarity stakes. There can be few other examples of this charismatic vehicle that have been converted to operate as a cocktail and/or karaoke bar! With drop-down side and opening roof, the T2 comes with bar stools, fridge, sink and on-board music equipment. It might not be the ideal T2 to use as accommodation on a surfing weekend, but it would certainly bring the party to the beach – or provide an interesting business opportunity. Estimate £29,000-£32,000.
There’s plenty to choose from for lovers of performance cars. Classic 1960s motoring comes in the form of a fine 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III (£28,000-£35,000), while more contemporary potent power is on offer with the 2004 De Tomaso Qvale GTR. One of just 272 built, this is believed to be the only GTR version which features the striking Shelby-style paintwork (£20,000-£25,000).
A little less potent but still offering impressive performance, the fully restored 1974 Mk I Ford Escort Mexico, resplendent in its period yellow and black livery, would make a fine addition to any collection (£19,000 – £21,000).
The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow has been a popular collectors’ car for many decades, and the 1965 example on offer at Barons is something rather special. It was hand-built on August 4, 1965 and was car number 20. However it is believed that the first eight chassis numbers were all mule and sales demonstrators for Rolls-Royce, making this car actually number 12 off the production line and possibly the oldest surviving Silver Shadow. Estimate: £9,500-£11,000.
Looking for a ‘starter’ classic? How about a 1972 MG Midget (£2000-£3000) or 1970 MG BGT (£3,500-£4,500)? If a classic family car appeals, a 1953 Morris 1000 (£4,750-£5,500), 1971 Morris 1300GT (£7,500-£8,500) or 1954 Wolseley 4/44, which has been in the same family since new and is priced at £2,000-£3,000, could be just the thing.
Finally, fans of the three-pointed star will find much to please them at Sandown Park, with a wide range of Mercedes-Benz models. From the oldest, a handsome 1961 220SE Coupe with the rare manual transmission (£17,500-£19,500), to more recent examples such as the range of SLs spanning over two decades and 1990s E220 Cabriolets, the German marque is very well represented.