News : Delivery mileage Mini 30s at Anglia Car Auctions

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

Craig Cheetham

Mint Mini 30 has covered a mere 18 miles from new
Mint Mini 30 has covered a mere 18 miles from new

A pair of rare Mini 30s with little more than delivery mileage will go under the hammer at this weekend’s Anglia Car Auctions sale in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. The special editions are both expected to raise more than £10,000 in the sale. The lowest milage car, one of only 1,000 black Mini 30s produced, has covered just 18 miles from new, while the leggier of the two has a heady 137 miles on the clock.

By comparison, this Pearlescent Cherry example is high milage with 137 miles on the clock
By comparison, this Pearlescent Cherry example is high milage with 137 miles on the clock

The Minis are among several BL/ARG cars at the sale, which always offers a good turnout for AROnline relevant classics.

Maestro Turbo, anyone?
Maestro Turbo, anyone?

Other desirables include an MG Maestro Turbo, a 27,000-mile from new Rover 213S (offered with no reserve) and a 23,000-mile Metro, expected to go for £1,200-£1,500.

Rover 213S with 27k on the clock could make a nice modern-ish classic for someone
Rover 213S with 27k on the clock could make a nice modern-ish classic for someone

 

23k from new Metro - a rarity these days
23k from new Metro – a rarity these days

There are several older classics, too. Among the usual MGs and Jaguars, there are three nice P6s, the Editor’s personal highlight being this honest and straight, but not mint, early P6B V8.

P6B isn't perfect, but is in great order and is beautifully genuine. Yes, please....
P6B isn’t perfect, but is in great order and is beautifully genuine. Yes, please….

The sale takes place on Saturday 4 April, at midday. You can view the full catalogue here.

Craig Cheetham

A serial impulsive car purchaser, Craig has had his name on over 200 V5s over the past 20 years. 10 per cent of those have been either 800s or Austin Allegros, with between 10 and 20 cars usually owned at any one time. Started out as a local newspaper journalist then worked for car mags including Auto Express, Classic Car Weekly and Land Rover Owner. Worked inside the car industry for a decade as an employee of General Motors, now works for a news distribution agency. Home based, which is dangerously convenient for further irrational heap purchases. Lover of all makes of car since childhood, with a particular leaning towards Austin-Rover... Father of three boys, so hoping to spread the car love. Other passions include rugby union, travelling and eating out.

9 Comments

  1. Ultimately very rare, but it still never ceases to amaze me just how many mint, low mileage, older cars keep turning up!

  2. I guess there are many “1 careful owner” cars around that only get sold on when their owners give up driving or pass on.

  3. The Mini’s I think are from a batch previously held by a collector and fed into the classic car scene a few years ago. They regularly pop up at dealers and auctions. I expect they will go for daft money and if you drive them their value will plummet. Consequently, you keep them mothballed until you get bored and then you put them back into an auction. You hope to get your money back (or make a bit), unlikely with maintenance costs etc. All a bit pointless if ask me.

    • I agree.

      Minis leapt in value in 2009 in the run up to the 50th anniversary, and don’t appear to have sunk much since. These 30’s are the polar opposite of the early model Mk1 piles of rust that have been selling for about £20k on the basis that they are the only remaining such-and-such model with no restoration and special stitching on the back seats (or some other convoluted claim to rarity) but are pretty much riding on the same ticket.

      They have as much relevance as stolen artwork, there for the owner to gawp at in his own private time but of no interest to anyone else

  4. I always thought the point of having a car was to drive it. But that’s just me.

    I’d take the P6B as a daily driver thank you very much.

    The Minis are nice but will go for £stupid

  5. I’d take the P6, possibly the 213.

    Maestro Turbo looks exactly what it is, a turkey dressed as a peacock. Even Nicolette McKenzie couldn’t sex that up…

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