Rare Mini set to go under the hammer at auction

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A RARE ‘barn find’ Mini is to be auctioned as a restoration project that will prove irresistible to collectors and enthusiasts.

The 1961 car was upgraded to 1125cc by Oselli, a company that has for decades specialised in tuning and enhancing original Minis. This is a rare example of one of its very early conversions. It was taken off the road in the 1980s and has, quite literally, been collecting dust in a garage since then. Its historical value and associated appeal bring with it an estimated selling price of £7,000-£10,000. In the same ‘British Heritage’ auction, being held by auction house Barons at Sandown Park on September 18, will be an immaculate 1969 Mini, which was subject to a ‘nut and bolt’ restoration across 2004 and 2005. Fitted with a 1980s BMC bodyshell and returned to concours-standard condition, it is claimed to have never been driven in the rain or bright sunlight since the work was done, having been used as a show car only. Its estimate is around £15,000.