Mini 'Timewarp' Barn-Find discovery in Lancashire
10th May, 2018
TOTALLY ORIGINAL 1967 MINI 850 DELUXE IN SAME FAMILY OWNERSHIP FROM NEW EMERGES FROM ITS GARAGE TO TAKE SPOTLIGHT AT CLASSIC CAR SALE IN BUXTON ON JULY 18th
H&H Classics will offer an absolute gem at its Buxton, Derbyshire, sale on July 18th - a 1967 Mini 850 deluxe, which has been in single ownership in Lancashire from new and in storage since 1983. It has just 36,000 miles on the clock. It is estimated to sell for £6,000-£10,000, but is expected to do much better than these figures indicate.
This delightful Mini is totally original in every way, it has never undergone any welding and its interior is like new. It comes with its original bill of sale, two keys and its handbook.
The vendor, son of the original owner, says: “My father purchased GBV121E brand new in 1967 for his early retirement. The car was used mainly for holidays; my parents loved touring the Highlands of Scotland as well as North Yorkshire. My father was diagnosed with ME in the early 80s. The Mini was very little used and in 1983 it was taken off the road. When my father was told he would never drive again he gave the car to me. It was sheeted and raised off the floor supported with wooden blocks under the sub frame to keep the weight off the suspension and wheels and never moved again until this year. So the car only ever had one driver.”
Roger Nowell of the H&H Classics sales team was the lucky man to discover this gem sitting quietly in its garage where it has been parked for the past 36 years! “The joy of this job is that now and then you stumble across a car that you just know is going to excite other car lovers as much as it excites you. This little car is such an iconic symbol of its time of Britain and our motoring history. It was utterly revolutionary in its day and had a massive influence on the automotive industry.”