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Time-warp Mini could exceed £20k at Charterhouse sale

The lowest mileage Mini 30 special edition we’ve seen is being offered for sale at Charterhouse’s 15 February Footman James Great Western Autojumble sale. The unregistered car has spent most of its 26-year life at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon. The estimate for this as-new car is £16,000-£24,000.

It is one of 3,000 limited edition models made at Longbridge, Birmingham in 1989 to mark the 30th anniversary of Mini production. Two thousand of the cars were painted cherry red, the remaining 1,000 were finished in black.

Other special features of this model include half-leather trim, Minilite alloys and a Mini 30 bonnet badge. Under the bonnet is a 998cc four-cylinder engine, mated to a four-speed gearbox.

Another more useable Mini at the sale is a 1971 hill climb car built by Duncan Barnes and Steve Harris Motorsport and raced extensively by both men at numerous events. It has a freshly built 1330cc engine with a modified cylinder head, twin SU carbs and a four-speed gearbox. The road-legal Mini is estimated at £8,700-£9000.

Some interesting imports from Malta are also on offer at the first Charterhouse auction of 2015. They include a 1955 Land Rover Series I 86-inch SWB used by the RAF at the airport, which is up for £6,000-£7,000. It has been restored and fitted with a new canvas tilt.

Two early Range Rovers are also in the sale. The first is a 1970 Velar pre-production car that was originally used as a press launch car. The estimate of £25,000-£30,000 reflects the fact that it has been modified and is in need of work and major components to bring it back to original spec. It could be worth the work though, as the very first production Range Rover achieved more than £130,000 at a Silverstone’s auction last year.

In contrast, the 1982 Monteverdi on offer has recently had a £25,000 body-off restoration. The four-door conversions were produced for Land Rover by the Fissore Works in Italy before it launched its own four-door model. This example was originally owned by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. Its estimate is £38,000-£40,000.

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By Claire Evans

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