Downton badges sold

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Downton badges sold

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Here are some FLEE BEE auctions with original Downton badges sold.
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:o Some more :arrow:
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Bloody ridiculous.

I sold one on here only last week to someone who shall remain nameless for pretty much 1/2 of what that eaby one went for. I felt dirty asking that much for it.

It puzzles me why people are prepared to pay nearly £600 for a piece of etched brass, it's not like it makes their car any more original is it.

To my mind it says a lot about the way the "classic Mini tuning" thing has gone in recent years, its all about badges, steering wheels & seats & is no longer about driving the cars.
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mk1 wrote:Bloody ridiculous.

I sold one on here only last week to someone who shall remain nameless for pretty much 1/2 of what that eaby one went for. I felt dirty asking that much for it.

It puzzles me why people are prepared to pay nearly £600 for a piece of etched brass, it's not like it makes their car any more original is it.

To my mind it says a lot about the way the "classic Mini tuning" thing has gone in recent years, its all about badges, steering wheels & seats & is no longer about driving the cars.
Sadly its just about the money, there is a belief as i am sure we are all aware that screwing a badge to your rocker cover makes your car more valuable.........to be honest i think the stupid specualtors have now left the room.....Thank god

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Well I think for my self it is an matter of supply and demand.
If people really like it to own one for there collection or to put
it somewhere on the Mini they have and they are prepairing to
pay serious money then that is up to them to do.

If I need some extra money and on fleebee people would like to
pay a lot of money for the two I have please do, that's my luck.
But those two are the last items I will ever sell ;)

Not every one will say with an original badge on it the Mini is an
original Downton tuned Mini, I don't think I would put an expencive
original badge on my Mini. The repros sold by Mark are realy well
made to do the job and much cheaper to buy as an set of two.

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:o Well the sky's the limit if I may say, againg a TOP price was payed for an original Downton badge.
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How much do I regret selling my stash?

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As some on here know, I recently made a small batch of Etched brass Yimkin badges, both the original small size, and some in the more 'conventional' size, akin to the Downton ones. I did it because a pal bought the chassis off me and I thought it would be a nice thing to do for him

So I did it for fun / interest, and anyone else who has one was given it as a gift.

I prefer it that way, where enthusiasts can enjoy and appreciate things just for the joy of it.

I'll admit I did think for a moment "ooh, I bet these would make a bit on Ebay" but straight away I thought that they would inevitably get sold on in time, and some poor bugger down the line will spent a load of cash on something they are told by some unscrupulous seller was real...... Downton fakes and real ones are well documented, but the lesser tuners would be much harder to spot.

I might do a different company in the new year, again, just for fun, not for profit.

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Lots of this yearning for Downton credibility is based on misinformation aswell, like putting them on Radfords. Ultimately it’s down to the big values of the cars they’re being fitted to, but then you could say that about any original or rare parts now. I agree with Mark though, cars have started to look a lot more contrived than they ever have before. Gaawd help you if you’re caught fitting a 70s Rev counter or 70s wheels to a Mk1!! :shock: Like the 70s and 80s never happened!

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To be completely honest I don’t get it at all. I really don’t like badges on cars whether it be on the bonnet, boot or rocker cover. Back in the day when I put something special on the race car only close friends knew. I remember running a Gordon Allen 76.2 mm crank and Paul Ivy cylinder head 1299cc car and entered it as a 1310cc to run in the over 1301cc class. Ronnie White did the same as the short-stroke engine was in a different league to the standard 1293cc cars and we were able to run with the 1480cc cars in dry conditions and beat them. When I bought my Vanden Plas 1300 it had an Oselli badge on the rocker cover from the factory and that is long gone. In fact I sold the complete cover for £40 to cover the cost of a NOS one I picked up. I’m old enough to remember when Mini parts and accessorises were at sensible prices. I think the true enthusiasts are priced out of everything Mini related. It makes me wonder where it will all end. :(

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