This 1962 Mini Beach Car has sold for an astonishing $230,000 on Bring a Trailer after a fierce bidding war. The USA-based online auction site had run the sale for two weeks before the price stabilised at $230,000 (£178,760), It’s one of 13 or 14 left-hand-drive examples exported to the US to promote the Mini’s launch in the American market. According to its paperwork, it was built on 19 March 1962, it looks the same as it did when it left the factory and has smashed the previous high price for one of these cars.
This one’s Smoke Grey with a Snowberry White top, and has a documented and continuous history. It was originally shipped to Michigan dealer Falvey Motor Sales Company, which handled the sales and distribution of BMC in this area of the USA. The Dealer Principal, the seller’s late father, acquired the car for himself on 24 August 1965 and kept it until his death in 1986.
Since then, it’s been in the same hands – spending time in storage between 1996-2004, then being recommissioned after that. With just 3000 miles on the clock and a BMIHT certificate, this was – as they say – a rare opportunity to acquire a very rare BMC Mini.
Family photos show the car being driven at various events, including the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance in Rochester, Michigan. Service records going back to the post-2004 recommissioning and are included in the sale and can be seen in the original advert on BaT.
This is a world record price for a Mini Beach Car. The previous record was achieved by Bonhams at its prestigious Quail Lodge event during the Monterey Motor Week. You can see the original auction listing here, and the AROnline story, here. That one sold for a cool £141,349 ($181,500).