At a Glance:
|1972||Austin||Mini Clubman 1275 GT||9361 (Not Warranted)||£15,500.00 + buyers premium|
1972 Austin Mini Clubman 1275 GT in white with a black roof and Mini 1275 GT decals. Family owned since 1993 when it was purchased having covered a believed correct 9064 miles, with DVLA documentation to confirm and previous tax disc having expired in December of 1988, the Mini Clubman has been dry stored since purchase.
The vendor purchased the car in 1993 from a farm that housed chickens, it had been off the road since 1988 when the last tax disc expired (this tax disc remained with the car but was unfortunately lost during the restoration process). The vendor returned home with the Mini and placed it in the garage, this was to become their project. Over the years in between raising a family and going to work the Mini had to wait, any spare time was given to the car lovingly as it sat raised in the air awaiting some serious time and attention. The Mini remained in the garage, safe and dry for over 20 years until the vendor’s husband finished work and took retirement. They were fortunate enough at this point to be able to restore this car to a high standard. The vendor’s husband enjoyed the pursuit of perfection and wanted the car, after so long in storage, to be as close to a factory floor condition as possible. As a result of this the Mini was subjected to a no-expense spared nut and bolt restoration in 2013 which was carried out to a very high standard both inside and out. The shell was treated to remove and resist all elements of corrosion and interior was restored with period trim. The original engine has been restored with the introduction of uprated ancillaries to give confidence in reliability. Receipts for works carried out on the car are present, as are MOT’s from 2014 onwards and some photos of the restoration process. Also present is the original Mini tool kit located in the boot, an additional set of fixed position seats in consistent period trim (reclining seats currently fitted to the vehicle as more suited to the vendor’s husbands intended driving), a set of 4 minilite wheels in black, a tailored car cover and half – mini trailer in matching decor.
Sadly as the restoration was being undertaken the vendor’s husband was diagnosed with cancer, which lead to the only decision that could be made at the time, the restoration had to be continued and the car finished to a condition that he had longed for. They then thought it would be well suited to have half a Mini as a trailer in matching colour and decals. This was completed and tied in nicely with the overall look of the car when hitched to the rear tow bar. The trailer was intended to be fitted out by the vendor’s husband upon its return, this however was not possible due to his treatment.
Both the Mini and the trailer were returned to the dry storage but this time, as it had last done over 20 years previously, it was able to be driven in under its own power rather than rolled out by hand. Sadly, as a result of his condition the vendor’s husband passed away shortly after their return and was not able to enjoy the completed works of his lifelong project car. Given his passing they were not able to attend car shows together and showcase his factory floor condition Mini Clubman 1275 GT, which as with any lifelong restoration project is the ultimate goal. The Mini has made an appearance at one classic car show where it attracted the attention you would expect from such an example but the vendor tells us this was not the same without her husband there to experience it. She felt proud to show it off but still felt a part of the family was missing. As a result, apart from coming out to attend the garage for an annual MOT and to be cleaned afterwards the Mini has remained in dry storage.
“After a lot of consideration it has been decided that the time has come for the car to find a new owner. It is a shame for it to be hidden away in a garage and not be showcased and enjoyed for the vehicle and condition it is. There are a vast amount of family memories intertwined in the story of this little Mini Clubman but taking it out becomes a reminder to us of what is missing and lost rather than what memories can are still to be made. The Mini has so much joy and attention to offer someone, but for my family this chapter has to reach its conclusion.”
Auctioneers notes: I have no words to say other than the restoration costs came to over £25,000.
|Auction||27th April 2018 - 95% SOLD|
|Vehicle Model||Mini Clubman 1275 GT|
|Year of Manufacture||1972|
|Mileage||9361 (Not Warranted)|
|Date first Registered||08-09-1972|
|Estimated Sale Price||£11,000 - 12,000|
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