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  • Austin Mini Mk 1 1965 (Historic Plate) Grey

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    Austin Mini Mk 1 Classic 1965 / RHD UK Car / Low Owners & Mileage From New / Matching Numbers / Restored & Exceptional! £14,750.

    *Due back in 2 weeks’ time*

    This splendid example is the highly desirable Mk 1 Austin Mini built on 1st February 1965 & has recently been sympathetically restored by a retired Mini enthusiast. He completed the project in July 2016 & has done an amazing job, keeping the original matching numbers engine, body colour & the original beautiful tartan red vinyl interior.

    This cheeky chappy is now only a 6 owner car, being originally purchased by a lady & then given to her son. It was then purchased from the son by the gentlemen enthusiast who conducted the full restoration. The mileage of 53,415 was stated as correct by the son to the restorer at point of sale, & this is deemed to be true by the original & unmolested condition of the car pre restoration - Hence only a sympathetic restoration was required. We then purchased this splendid vehicle & sold it to a client in Ascot. We then later sold it to a client in Germany (Residing just outside Stuttgart) & after over 2.5 years of happy ownership, a change in employment means we are now offering it for sale on the German owner’s behalf.

    The Mini is due back in the second week of August & has been kept in a heated garage & well maintained over the last 2.5 years. It also passed the German TUV test on arrival with flying colours which is much tougher than the UK MOT test. The new owner will need to apply to the DVLA to reregister the car in the UK. It comes with the new German title, so this will be an easy task, but will take approx 3 weeks. The new owner will also need to make up the UK plates if the DVLA assign a new number. We have copies of the UK V5C & the original number plates come with the car. So fingers crossed the DVLA will assign the original number plates back to the car. We can assist with this task if required. Please note that this fantastic car is for sale on behalf of the owner & no warranty is given or implied. The car is priced accordingly taking into account the above tasks & represents excellent value in the current market.

    The Mk 1 Mini (1959-1967) was the first version of the British Motor Corporation’s Mini. It is characterised by its sliding windows, external door hinges & ‘moustache’ grille & was produced between 1959 & 1967.

    When purchased in September 2015 by the retired gentlemen enthusiast, the car was found to be in a structurally excellent condition & due to its long term storage not requiring a full ground up restoration. So the decision was taken to conduct a full but sympathetic restoration, with the intent to keep the vehicle as original as possible. It is now absolutely fantastic & a testament to the quality & attention to detail on what appears a no expense spared basis.

    The sympathetic programme of restoration which was photographed at key stages for the large accompanying history file completing in July 2016 was extremely diligent & included all parts being checked, reconditioned or replaced as required. So in brief: Complete strip to bare shell, the floors were found to be in excellent condition & did not require replacing. The 2 Sills were replaced along with the A panels, rear sub-frame mount panels & the boot floor rear section. This metal work was done on a spit roast & jig to a very high professional standard. The engine was removed, dismantled & a bore inspection conducted. The cylinder head was rebuilt before being reassembled with new gaskets & given 3 coats of the correct paint colour. It was also fitted with hardened seat valves & thus is now suitable for unleaded fuel. The gearbox was checked & serviced. The petrol tank was fully refurbished and flushed. The interior was also removed & professionally cleaned. A new set of carpets were fitted along with underlay including the boot. Matching red over mats finished the period look. Even the door pocket bin liners were replaced. All lights were overhauled or replaced, the headlamps being upgraded to Halogen H4, rubber items were all replaced including the door seals, window & side window seals etc. The complete brake system was overhauled & items showing wear renewed. The starter motor was rebuilt and a new exhaust fitted. A new battery was fitted along with an isolator, all consumables in the engine bay were also changed.

    The bumpers & brackets were replaced along with external badges & number plates, the original steel wheels were refurbished with new premium tyres fitted. The car was fully painted whilst stripped to bare shell (Inside, outside, boot void & engine bay) at this time in the correct original period shade of Farina Grey GR-11 that you see today. The underside which is exceptional was treated to a sensible light coat of grey stone chip, which should last for another 52 years. In fact it looks as good underneath as it does on the top.

    This beautiful example is eminently usable as it has its original matching numbers rebuilt Austin Mini 850cc engine with original gearbox, it drives & as good as it looks!

    This truly impressive example is just showing approx. 54,500 miles now, as it has been used sparingly.

    Since being in our possession the first time around, we were meticulous in our further preparation prior to offering this exceptional example to the market by undertaking the following works: Conducted a full external glass out repaint of the external paintwork. We have pictures of the car prior to our works, & this will show minor imperfections in the paintwork & some orange peel. The gentlemen enthusiast painted the car to an acceptable standard, but it was not done in an oven or to the standard of the rest of the car. With the car being of such good quality the decision was made to repaint, to get the car to where it deserves to be in terms of final finish. We also spent time on realignment of opening panels. Fitted a new starter solenoid, sports coil, heater hose, indicator stalk, fan belt, points & drivers seat diaphragm. Conducted a multipoint check, filled the tank with £25 of new super unleaded, tuned the carb, set the timing, adjusted & cleaned the brakes & given the cheeky little chap a full service just to be sure! The car is on the button & ready to go & show or just enjoy…

    The vehicle comes with a lovely history file & contains: German Title, UK V5C Copy, DVLA paperwork confirming historic taxation class, Bill of sale, Details of gentleman whom did restoration, Past MOT with no advisories, Photographs of works conducted showing the detailed steps in its sympathetic restoration & our works, 40+ Specialist parts invoices, Original Driver’s Handbook, Original Motor Manuel, Haynes Manual & a GB sticker to top it off!

    The car looks resplendent & is a real testament to the quality of work undertaken & drives superbly. It’s probably one of the best examples in Europe for the price asked.

    Austin Mini Farina Grey (GR-11) period correct paintwork with the original tartan red vinyl interior, including matching door cards & original headlining & new full red carpet set with new under felt & matching over mat set, including a full complementing boot carpet set.

    The last UK MOT that we did prior to the sale to Germany had no advisories (MOT exempt now) & free historic road tax.

    2 Sets of keys on Austin Mini key ring, jack & brace. Original spare wheel with new matching tyre.

    Original front seat belts fitted & new rear child seatbelts just installed, so you can take your children or grandchildren out for a ride safely.

    Refurbished steel wheels, with great hub caps & all shod with new premium matching tyres.

    Premium Storm Force out door car cover with carry case also comes with the vehicle.

    These models are ever increasing in value & are a great investment.

    As we are a Mercedes Pagoda and R107 specialist we are always happy to part exchange one of these type of cars or indeed any classic car of excellent quality, so please don’t miss this most fastidious example of the iconic Mini Mk 1. This vehicle is exceptional value, try & find another as original & tax exempt – Please remember ‘you get what you pay for’. Our cars are hand picked by a marquee expert & we turn down 8 or 9 out of every 10 cars offered. The cars we sell, are we believe the best of their type & are here to be viewed & driven in the UK. This takes the gamble out of buying a car direct from Europe sight unseen. Our stock comes fully de-registered from the country of origin with the ACI fee paid, UK MOT’d, test driven, serviced & detailed. Don’t confuse them with other cars on the internet which have had dubious restorations & are offered with a low asking price. We have had 2 clients bring such cars to us recently bought direct from Italy & both were severe MOT failures with a list of faults ranging from no reverse gear to an undercarriage that requires total replacement. You have been warned! There is always a reason why a car is being sold cheaply! Again ‘you get what you pay for’…

    This vehicle is we believe the best in Europe don’t settle and ensure you view this stunning example…

    More photos available upon request, PX always considered.

    Can be viewed at any reasonable time by prior appointment.

    We will always buy back cars we have previously sold…

    Delivery by road, or packed and shipped, or air freight all possible by arrangement at excellent rates, car is ready to drive away today or be delivered to your door…

    We are always keen to purchase Mercedes Benz Pagoda’s (W113) or late 300SL (R107) models, so please give us a call for a friendly chat if you are considering selling, we would love to hear from you. We also hold many parts in stock for the above models & have our own restoration facilities, where we restore these glorious old Mercedes to Stuttgart factory standards.

    Call or text: 07717 472131

    Or email: enquiries@signatureautomobiles.co.uk

    Specification

    • Type -

      Saloon

    • Year -

      1965

    • Basic colour -

      Grey

    • Colour name -

      Farina Grey

    • Transmission -

      Manual

    • Orientation -

      Right Hand Drive

    • Trim -

      Vinyl

    • Wheels -

      Steel

    £ 14,750


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