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 Post subject: Re: At The Auctions
PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:39 pm 
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It's a sad thing. I remember getting my 64 mk1 after my other half got a City E as her first car, in went the MG Metro Engine and S Brakes and out went the carpets. It smelt of hot oil when running, hot oil and vinyl seats. It was sublime on the road.

ASBO was nicer, a better shell and a real hodge podge of bits, some very trick pieces indeed. It was made to go fast along Cornish lanes and that's what it did. It wasn't polished, it was rubbed over with an oily rag. It went like stink, sounded epic and didn't have the correct wiper motor, or ashtray cover.

Both got turned into Cooper S reshells. I imagine they are now £40k cars, full of originality, with a genuine history and lady owners.

I'm not interested in factory Mk 1 district nurse minis, or perfect cooper recreations with the correct wheel codes. I want to see one lifting it's wheel on a corner, hear the scream of the gears and see the puff of smoke from the thrashed engine. I note the gradual decline in minis doing hillclimbs. They are all off to be too valuable to race, or to be "put back" as perfect cooper esses.

It's like seeing a picture of Jo Guest now, complete with false teeth and granny perm, rather than where she was best. On the Razzle Track with her legs behind her ears.


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 Post subject: Re: At The Auctions
PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:11 pm 
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£18,975 for a '59 project...

http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24121/l ... 100&page=4

Not sure that bubble's ready to burst yet, if it ever does??


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Provenance and originality helped there. No glass washer bottle though but there is a bag of 1970s Fox's Glacier Mints on the dash.

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 Post subject: Re: At The Auctions
PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:31 pm 
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Pete wrote:
£18,975 for a '59 project...

http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24121/l ... 100&page=4

Not sure that bubble's ready to burst yet, if it ever does??


I was there, it really was an excellent, original little car with no structural rot...I reckon some elbow grease and a couple of grand and you could have it MOT'd and on the road, as long as you like a bit of patina. Bloke who bought it got caught up in the bidding and his comment was 'dunno what I'm gonna do with it'........... :shock:


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:34 am 
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timell wrote:
Pete wrote:
£18,975 for a '59 project...

http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24121/l ... 100&page=4

Not sure that bubble's ready to burst yet, if it ever does??


I was there, it really was an excellent, original little car with no structural rot...I reckon some elbow grease and a couple of grand and you could have it MOT'd and on the road, as long as you like a bit of patina. Bloke who bought it got caught up in the bidding and his comment was 'dunno what I'm gonna do with it'........... :shock:


Any idea who the winner was? Hoping they get in touch.

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i was the online bidder...

the charges really affected us getting it


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 Post subject: Re: At The Auctions
PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:06 pm 
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The commision the auction houses take is huge. They probably made £4K on that deal.


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I knew of 4 people bidding inc Harry and Tim, from what Tim's said I think it's gone to a dealer oddly.

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Not sure that bubble's ready to burst yet, if it ever does??

Oh, don't you worry, it will.

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 Post subject: Re: At The Auctions
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bill773mini wrote:
I knew of 4 people bidding inc Harry and Tim, from what Tim's said I think it's gone to a dealer oddly.


Or "collector and purveyor of fine motor vehicles" Bill. Whoever he was he clearly had a sense of humour and deep pockets :(


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