A NEW APPROACH IN AN AGE OLD BUSINESS+44 (0) 1926 691 141
Sold for: £8,100
This stunning little offering was supplied by British Leyland dealer Henlys of Ashford in Kent and on the new vehicle order form from Henlys dated 05/01/1978 that's in the file, it states colour as jubilee referring to the red, white and blue graphics applied by the dealer. The Mini was first registered on the 31/01/1978 and was the pride and joy of its first owner for the next 30 years out of 41 with just five custodians in total.
Henlys, one of BL’s major franchised dealership chains, had been building a reputation in the late 70s for creating individual Minis and that side of the business developed well, culminating in them buying Wood & Pickett the country’s best-known builder of bespoke Minis in 1986. Unfortunately there are no records available confirming the number of Jubilee Minis that they completed, however, anecdotally it was very few.
This Mini has a comprehensive history file with the original bill of sale, old MOTs, finance and insurance information, SORN records and dozens of invoices detailing every service with matching job cards backing up its 76,000 miles. Remarkably, someone has carefully compiled an exact timeline listing every single thing that has happened to the car in its life. It starts with the original deposit receipts and ends with the most recent MOT in February 2019 at 75,518 miles when a new battery and spark plugs were fitted. It appears that quite recently it spent a number of years sitting quietly in the corner of Stephen James BMW showroom and was SORN’d at that time but has now been fully returned to the road.
The bodywork is described as very smart with naturally a few age related marks but, in general, the little car looks fabulous and presents really well. Inside it has been treated to a new set of carpets and the original vinyl seats in Regal Blue have been deep cleaned showing a small amount of patina but the cabin is generally good and oozes the 1970s. Mechanically the Mini is spot-on, driving very well with the little ‘A-series pulling’ hard, according to our vendor, and is free from rattles, noises and leaks.
Fitted with Cooper 'S' wheels by the Huddersfield Mini Spares Centre this car is most certainly a unique package with excellent provenance and offered at No Reserve, is sure to find a new home when it returns to Birmingham for our sale.