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The oldest unrestored MINI in the world far exceeded Bonhams’ initial estimate of netting $19,000 to $24,000 on the auction block. Instead, it sold for $65,000 (£40,250) which undoubtedly makes it the most expensive, unrestored MINI in the world now.
The rare 1959 Austin MINI Se7en De Luxe Saloon was auctioned off on April 30th at the Royal Air Force Museum in England. It’s the eighth MINI of its type and it is believed that only three MINIs in existence are older than this one. If this MINI is ever restored it will lose its unique appearance and distinction, so hopefully the buyer simply uses it as an interesting display piece.
Heading to an auction at the Royal Air Force Museum in England on April 30th, 2012 is a very rare 1959 Austin MINI Se7en De Luxe Saloon. What makes this MINI so special is that it’s believed to be the oldest surviving unrestored MINI in the world.
According to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, the 1959 Austin MINI Se7en is the eighth of its type to come off the production line at Longbridge back in May 1959. It is believed that only three MINIs older than this one exists in the world today, with one of them on display at the British Motor Industry Heritage Museum in England, and the remaining two somewhere in Japan.
Bonhams estimates that the MINI will go for $19,000 to $24,000 at the auction. It currently sports the factory Farina Grey paint – at least what’s left of it – with only the driver side door having been replaced over the years. The vehicle will come complete including the famous glass washer bottle that distinguished those very early MINI models.
On the inside, the interior is complete as original minus the carpets. Recorded mileage on the odometer is a mere 30,041 miles and as expected, there’s plenty of corrosion throughout the body. It’s worth mentioning that the engine hasn’t ran for many years.
It’s truly a unique opportunity to own a completely original classic, and we hope whoever buys it chooses not to restore it in any fashion.