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Little Classics News: 13 December 2014

A Mini Christmas at Barons' Yuletide Classic

1989 Mini 30

A cherry red 1989 Mini 30 (top), one of 3000 produced in 1989 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic car, is to go under the hammer at Barons' Yuletide Classic sale at Sandown Park next Tuesday, 16th December. What makes this particular vehicle unique is that it has covered a warranted 137 miles from new; and that was the delivery mileage! The first - and so far only - owner bought the car for his private collection, and the car has been stored in a heated garage since it was driven from the supplying dealer 25 years ago.

It has not been driven on the road since, so has never been MOT'd, and is literally in 'as new' condition. It comes complete with original tax disc, logbook, sales brochure and (unopened) warranty pack and a copy of the book 'Mini Thirty Years On' by Rob Golding, which came with the car courtesy of Austin Rover. The price for this charismatic, pristine little car is £9,750-£11,500.

1967 Mini Cooper

Mini fans are spoilt for choice in the sale, as no less than six examples are on offer, and all are special in their own way. For rarity value it’s hard to beat the 1977 Vortz Cooper Miglia 1000cc. The car is unique as it was owned by Vortz family members and is a fascinating example of an unusual piece of British motoring history (£6,000-£8,000).

Also going under the hammer on Tuesday are a 1967 Mini Cooper (above) (£10,000-£13,000), a really splendid 1993 Mini British Open Classic (£9,500-£10,500), a very pretty 1979 Mini Cooper S replica (£4,000-£6,000) and a 1985 Mini City E that has been comprehensively restored (£1,500-£2,500).

1974 MkI Ford Escort Mexico

Offering impressive performance, a fully restored 1974 MkI Ford Escort Mexico (above) – resplendent in its period yellow and black livery – is a superb specimen that would make a fine addition to any collection (£19,000 - £21,000).

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow has been a popular collectors’ car for many decades, and the 1965 example on offer at Barons (above) is something rather special. Chassis number SRH1020 was hand built on 4th August 1965 and was car number 20. However it is believed that the first eight chassis numbers were all mule and sales demonstrators for Rolls-Royce, making this car actually number twelve off the production line; and possibly the oldest surviving Silver Shadow. Estimate: £9,500-£11,000.

For further information please see www.barons-auctions.com, email info@barons-auctions.com or call 08454 30 60 60.



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