A 1960's Morris Mini arrives at Sworders

Our Mid Century and Modern Design sale will open with a bang this year, showcasing a 1960's Morris Mini Minor De-Luxe Saloon. Here we examine the originis and authenticity of the model and how it has been maintained and restored over time


 

Side view of Mini

 £22,000-25,000

1960 Morris Mini Minor De-Luxe Saloon

Registration Number: 71 COX

Chassis Number: MA2S447365

Engine Number: 8AMUH81593

 

Introducing 71 COX, a 1960 Morris Mini Minor De-Luxe Saloon. The Mini will open our Mid-Century and Modern Design sale coming up on 23rd June. First built on 5th 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. It was registered on 2nd February 1961 through Smiths Garages Limited, located in 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 a reliable service up until 2000 when unfortunately, the annual MOT test delivered bad news. With the choices being to either scrap or restore, the owners thankfully decided to restore the vintage model.

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, whilst also remaining in Cherry Red with the authentic 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.

More recently, the model has stood for some time and has started to 'mellow' in some areas. Therefore, inspection prior to purchase is expected and some re-commissioning will be required. However, given its age, the Mini remains in a tidy and exceptionally presentable condition.

 

Paperwork includes: -

 

  • The original Warranty dated February 1961 and BMIHT ‘Heritage Certificate’,
  • The original buff log book dated February 2nd 1961
  • The original 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!

 

For more information please contact John Black | johnblack@sworder.co.uk

 

 

 

 


 

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