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Unrestored Mini from 1959 sells for £40k

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The oldest unrestored Mini has fetched a massive £40,000 at auction.

A 1959 Austin Mini Seven De Luxe, it far exceeded the £12,000 to £15,000 price it was expected to go for.

It is said to be the eighth version of the model to roll off the Longbridge production line, which makes it a very pricey collector's item.

John Polson from Bonhams - which conducted the auction - told the Daily Mail: "It is the oldest unrestored Mini. Collectors love the fact it has had very little done to it since it was built."

Whoever has been lucky enough to win the lot will have to put some significant work into it if they want the motor to be roadworthy again.

Despite being over 50 years old, the car only has just over 30,000 miles on the clock and so it could still have plenty of driving left in it. ADNFCR-2576-ID-801355496-ADNFCR


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