29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 115

1989 Austin Mini Thirty
No Reserve

Sold for £9,338

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: G580 XAN
Chassis No: SAXXL2S1N20432356
MOT: October 2024

  • Won by the first of its two former keepers as a competition prize
  • 1 of just 1,000 MIni Thirty limited edition models finished in Black
  • Treated to an extensive bodywork restoration upon entering the current ownership in late 2000
  • Warranted to have covered 83,000 miles from new but barely used in recent years
  • Entered from a private collection

“The Mini Thirty. Never before has one so little offered you so much” (Austin Rover Sales Brochure)

The original Mini’s evolution from a ‘people’s car’ into a ‘lifestyle statement’ can be charted via the various limited editions it birthed. The first of these, the Mini 1000 ‘Stripey’ LE, arrived in 1976 and teamed Brooklands Green paint with striped cloth upholstery. Debuting three years later to celebrate two decades of the diminutive saloon’s production, the Mini 20 featured a choice of Silver or Rose metallic paint, tinted glass, cut-pile carpets, alloy wheels and extra instrumentation. It was succeeded by models celebrating 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of the Mini’s existence. Unveiled in June 1989, the Mini Thirty was restricted to 3,000 units. Not available outside the UK, the newcomer could be specified with Cherry Red or Black pearlescent paint and sported ‘1959-1989’ motifs to its steering wheel boss, bonnet badge, seat backs and C-posts. Trimmed in Black half-leather upholstery with ‘lightning’ pattern cloth inserts, Red cut-pile carpets and a Red leather steering wheel cover, the four-seater also boasted a heated rear window, 998cc A-Series engine allied to either four-speed manual or automatic transmission, servo-assisted front disc brakes and alloy wheels. Benefiting from an extra coat of lacquer when compared to its humbler siblings and promoted by 1960s supermodel Twiggy in a TV advertisement titled ‘You never forget your first Mini’, the Thirty was priced at £5,995.

Reportedly won as a competition prize by the first of its two former keepers, ‘G580 XAN’ has formed part of a small private collection since October 2000. Entrusted by the vendor to Motor Vehicle Specialists of Coalville for an extensive restoration shortly after acquisition, the Mini Thirty was treated to a new subframe and thorough bodywork refurbishment. The exterior is still notably smart over twenty years later, while the interior remains largely original. Kept in a carpeted garage and scarcely driven, ‘G580 XAN’ has been freshly MOT tested ahead of the sale. Riding on wider than standard ‘Minilight’ alloy wheels and warranted to have covered 83,000 miles from new, this tempting limited edition Mini is offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, MOTs dating back to 1992 and sundry paperwork.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


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Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

Established in 1993, H&H has sold some of the world's most significant motorcars and motorcycles over the past 30 years. Trusted by over 75,000 clients worldwide, we are the longest established auction house of our kind in Europe and the only one owned and managed by its employees. 

An auction of classic, collector and performance motorcars to be held in the beautiful surrounds of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire.  



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Tuesday 28th November 2023 from 12pm to 8pm
Wednesday 29th November 2023 from 9am

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