World's Oldest Unrestored MINI Nets $65,000

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

[Source: Bonhams]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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