As-new Mini to cross the block at Silverstone


A fantastically original 1960 Austin Seven 850 carrying only 2600 miles will be one of the most attractive lots at the Silverstone Classic Sale on 21 July.

Estimated at £20-25,000 (but who knows after this), the car was driven for only the first two years of its life before being retired to heated storage.

The result is immaculate rust-free bodywork, with an interior that, we’re told, still sports a factory-fresh feel.

The British classic comes complete with the original key, spare key, tax disc holder (and 1962 tax disc), handbook, jack and wheel brace, plus rubber boot mat.

Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions managing director, said: “This has to be one of the lowest mileage 1960s Minis in existence and is an important example of the model.

“If its rarity isn’t enough to excite Mini aficionados then its immaculate condition is, having survived unscathed for more than 50 years. I would go as far to say that I’ve never seen such a well-presented model of its type. It’s an honour for Silverstone Auctions to be able to offer it at our Classic Sale.”



Perfect condition and little mileage will be sold, to my mind, for about £100k. Me personally wouldn't buy it even for 20k. It is now only for garage not roads, so collectors are welcome!

Pre 80s TVR

Yes, what exactly does one do with it? Drive it and the value is lost or park it up and you've got a very expensive ornament.

I am not a Mini fan, and if I was going to spend £20k (or £100k) on a car I wouldn't want it to drive like a 52 year old Mini.


TVR Car Club Pre80s Editor

Russell Campbell

Tend to agree with you both here. Personally I can't see the point in a car that can't be driven. Still, nice if you can afford to have it lying in storage I suppose!

David Shute

Cars are for driving, I personally would buy for 20K, the depreciation is less than on a new mini and there is unlikely to be any depreciation on a limited mileage insurance, high days and holidays with a big grin every time you go out. Fantastic!

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