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Lot 1 (Mid-Century Design - Live Online, 23rd June 2020)

1960 Morris Mini Minor De-Luxe Saloon '71 COX'

1960 Morris Mini Minor De-Luxe Saloon
Registration Number: 71 COX
Chassis Number: MA2S447365
Engine Number: 8AMUH81593

Built on 5 October 1960 and despatched from the factory nine days later, 71 COX is a genuine right-hand drive, home market, Morris Mini Minor De-Luxe saloon.

First registered on 2 February 1961 through dealers Smiths Garages Limited, Bournville, the car came into its present family ownership in January 1974 after the Standard 8 it replaced 'failed to proceed'. Cherry Red with grey fleck and red trim, 71 COX provided reliable service until 2000 (a small mishap at Kenilworth Golf Club in 1979 aside…), when the annual MoT test delivered bad news. With the choices being to either scrap or restore, thankfully the decision to restore was made.

A note in the Mini’s file suggests that the work took five years to complete, with it being restored to original specification where possible and remaining in Cherry Red with the original specification interior. The original rear seat was kept, although it is likely that the fronts were re-trimmed during the restoration, albeit in correct colours. Fifteen years later the car remains generally very tidy and still presentable, although starting to 'mellow' in some areas. More recently it has stood for some time, so inspection prior to purchase is expected and some re-commissioning will be required.

Paperwork includes the original Warranty dated February 1961 and BMIHT 'Heritage Certificate', the original buff log book dated February 2nd 1961, handbook, a large quantity of expired MoT test certificates, various expired V5 registration documents and V5C. The original Smiths Garage Ltd., Bournville rear registration plate has been kept with the car and, as a bonus, a nodding dog guards the rear shelf.

£22,000 - £25,000

Buyer's premium: 18.00% (inclusive of VAT, where applicable)

Condition report

Back from the garage...Needs re-commissioning. The clutch is not working properly. Starts, runs, but needs work. Brakes need looking at - not working at present. New Battery added. Original keys and chassis number available.
Work kindly done to make the video possible by Stanley Motors, Stansted
Further images of restoration uploaded onto the system.

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The auction details are as follows:

Auction: Mid-Century Design - Live Online, 23rd June 2020

Sworders are delighted to bring our first Mid-Century Design online sale to you on Tuesday 23rd June. The sale encompasses furniture, works of art, graphic art, Studio ceramics and lots more!



Due to government guidelines at the current time, we will not be able to offer viewing at the Stansted Mountfitchet saleroom. However, please revisit our website to check for any changes.



All lots should be removed by 5pm on Friday 3 July 2020.

Furniture lots remaining after this date will be removed to: Perry Removals, Chapel End, Broxted, Essex CM6 2BW.

Removal will be at a cost of £20 per lot and storage will be charged at £2 per lot, per day.

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We are able to provide you with a pack and send option for jewellery, coins and smaller items with an auction value of less than £2,500 and where the total weight of the package is below 2kg. Please note we are unable to post out fragile items (china, glass, etc), or paintings.

The costs are as follows for the total weight of package:
Less than 1kg - £15
From 1kg-2kg - £20
For packages between 2kg -5kg with a value of less than £500 - £35.

If you would like to take advantage of this service please do let us know when you purchase the item or when you receive the invoice, so we can revise your invoice accordingly.
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We have been pleased to store items free of charge which were purchased before lockdown or when our offices were closed prior to 15 June.  We will continue to provide free storage for the immediate future for these items.  However, for June’s Homes & Interiors sale please see instructions below and note that we will need to re-introduce storage charges for furniture.

Storage Charges For Furniture

Furniture lots from our Homes and Interiors sale remaining after 5pm on the Friday following the sale will attract a storage charge of £10 for administration plus £2 plus VAT per lot per day. 

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