The Mini was a made by the British Motor Corporation and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The original is considered a British icon of the 1960’s, and its space-saving front-wheel drive layout which allowed 80% of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage, influenced a generation of car makers. In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T. The Mini Mk. I had three major UK updates; the Mk. II, the Clubman and the Mk. III. The Mini Cooper and Cooper ‘S’ were sportier versions that were successful as rally cars, winning the Monte Carlo Rally four times from 1964 through to 1967. Initially Minis were marketed under the Austin and Morris names, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor, until Mini became a marque in 1969. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s the British market received numerous ‘special editions’ of the Mini, which shifted the car from a mass-market car into a fashionable icon.
Bodywork & Interior
This car has the front and rear bumpers and door handles painted in grey, which was a rare specification order at the time. Finished in Henley Blue with a light blue velour interior. This stunning mini is in very good condition both inside and out, and really needs to be seen to appreciate its condition.
Austin's 4 cylinder inline petrol engine, the A series, is one of the most common in the world. Launched in 1951, production lasted until 2000 in the Mini. It used a cast-iron block and cylinder head, and a steel crankshaft with 3 main bearings. The camshaft ran in the cylinder block, driven by a single-row chain for most applications, and with tappets sliding in the block, accessible through pressed steel side covers for most applications, and with overhead valves operated through rockers. The cylinder head for the overhead-valve version of the A-series engine was designed by Harry Weslake – a cylinder head specialist famed for his involvement in SS (Jaguar) engines and several F1-title winning engines. British Leyland decided to update the A-series design in the 1970s, at a cost of £30 million. The result was the 'A-Plus' Series of engines. Available in 998cc and 1275cc, the A-Plus had stronger engine blocks and cranks, lighter pistons and improved piston rings, Spring loaded tensioner units for the timing chain and other detail changes to increase the service interval of the engine. More modern SU carburetors and revised manifold designs allowed improvements in power without any decrease in torque or fuel economy. Many of the improvements learnt from the Cooper-tuned units were also incorporated, with A-Plus engines having a generally higher standard of metallurgy on all units, where previously only the highest-tuned engines were upgraded in this way. This made the A-Plus engines in 1980-1992 Minis generally longer-lived than the standard A series as found in previous versions.
upplied originally by Wadham Stringer in Guildford on 1st April 1990 at a cost of £6,075.00. The only optional extra fitted to the car was automatic transmission which at the time cost £718.39 plus VAT. This one owner Mini has only covered 22,298 miles from new and presents in very good original condition. This car has the front and rear bumpers and door handles painted in grey, which was a rare specification order at the time. Finished in Henley Blue with a light blue velour interior, this delightful one owner Mini Mayfair is supplied with the original sales invoice and several invoices, together with two sets of keys, a V5C registration document and will come with a fresh MOT for the new owner.
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