Early Oselli Mini is top draw at Barons

| 11 Aug 2012

An early Oselli-uprated garage-find Mini is expected to be one of the biggest attractions at Barons’ British Heritage sale at Sandown Park on 18 September.

The 1961 car is to 1125cc spec and has been off the road for more than 30 years. With an estimate of £7-10,000, you can be sure it will swallow a lot more money before it is back on the road!

If you don't fancy all the grief of a restoration, for a bit more cash (£14-15,000) the lot-list also has an "immaculate" 1969 Mini Cooper Mk2, which was fully restored seven years ago in a replacement shell. 

The auction also features a fine 1950 Bentley MkVI (£18-22,000), which the seller's late husband acquired in 1987 as a swap for "a very nice Ford Cortina", and then comprehensively restored.

A nut and bolt restored 1948 Rover P2 12 Tourer on offer is one of just 200 examples built and comes complete with its original tool kit for £16,500-18,500.

Somewhat bizarrely, the "British Heritage Sale" also has a section for non-Brits (so a "Sale", really). Among the interlopers is a 1939 French-built Hotchkiss 686 Riviera drophead equipped with a Cotal electromagnetic self-changing gearbox (£37,500-42,500). 

A possible bargain given current asking prices is a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, complete with factory hardtop, that carries a low estimate of £30,000.