Wed, 10th Apr 2019 13:00

The Pavilion Gardens

  Lot 11

1963 Austin Mini 850 Super De Luxe

Sold for £14,062

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: XSA 693
Chassis No: A-A2S7S-387939A

- Only "7700" warranted miles from new

- Current ownership since 1983 and one family before that

- Superb history file, all handbooks , price list , colour chart, sales brochure

- Mots from 1983 and 1984 , tax disc from 1984

- Original Aberdeen registration number

- Still has spare key in original leather cover

- Still wearing the Conway plastic protective seat covers from new

- Bills on file for circa £5000 for work carried out in 2009

- Comes with a selection of spares

This charming Mini is described by the vendor as follows:

- Bodywork..excellent
- Engine.. excellent
- Electrical equipment.. excellent
- Paintwork.. good
- Transmission or gearbox.. excellent
- Interior trim. excellent

Bought by a Midwife from Aberdeen who bought it as a retirement present for herself; sadly she died 1 year later and the car remained in storage until 1982 when it was bequeathed to her brother in law who used it for 1 year before putting it to auction at the Grampian motor museum in September 1983 from where the present owner bought it.

With the aftereffects of the 1956-1957 Suez Crisis being felt worldwide, Leonard Lord commissioned Alec Issigonis to work on a radical small car project. His response was the now legendary Mini. Featuring an ingenious transverse-mounted powertrain (with engine sat atop of the gearbox), all-round independent 'rubber cone' suspension, front-wheel drive, compact rack, and pinion steering, the newcomer was a packaging masterpiece; not to mention one of the most influential automotive designs ever conceived.

Launched in the summer of 1959 as Sir Alec Issigonis's sideswipe at the bubble car which had swept through Europe in the late 1950s, the Mini was truly a revolutionary car. Packing a remarkable amount of interior space into its 10ft length by placing its 'A' series engine sideways from 'east to west' in the engine bay, the practicalities which had dominated its design concept seemed almost accidentally to produce a small car which on its rubber-cone suspension and 10-inchwheels was remarkable fun to drive. Possessing light and incredibly accurate steering, minimal bodyroll and tremendous grip the Mini was described by the contemporary motoring press as the first car in which there was no need to slow down for corners! The Mini featured many of Issigonis's personal design quirks, for instance there was no provision for a radio as he did not agree with them and he believed the famous 'bus-driver' driving position kept the driver alert by preventing him/her getting too comfortable! Launched in BMC tradition as both an Austin (the Seven, or 'Se7en' in contemporary advertising) and a Morris (Mini-Minor) it was the 'Mini' name that stuck in the long term. Although had original marketing plans to call the Austin version the 'Newmarket' succeeded then this could perhaps have been very different! Sales were initially sluggish but the Mini's rapid acceptance amongst the elite as 'the' car to be seen in soon saw this overcome and by 1963 it had dislodged the Ford Anglia to become the best selling car in the UK.

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