Mi­nus­cule mileage Mi­nis

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - www.math­ew­sons.co.uk

Two Mi­nis bought with the ex­plicit in­ten­tion of go­ing into stor­age and be­ing pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions have been found and are up for sale.

The cars will star in Mathew­son’s first sale of 2017 on 11 Fe­bru­ary in Pick­er­ing, North York­shire. Both are F-reg­is­tered 30th an­niver­sary Lim­ited Edi­tion mod­els.

One, with just 12 miles on the clock, has pearles­cent Cherry Red paint­work and a man­ual gear­box. The other is a black au­to­matic with 15 miles. Each car­ries a pre-sale es­ti­mate of £15,000.

Ex­traor­di­nar­ily, the two 1989 Mi­nis were bought by brother and sis­ter Mick Evans and Gil­lian Tomlinson in 1989, are were sup­plied by the same dealer, Wrights of Sleaford, Lin­colnshire.

The sib­lings were avid car col­lec­tors and have owned MGs, Fords, and Hum­bers. They wanted to keep the Mi­nis in pris­tine con­di­tion be­cause they thought that in 50 years’ time, peo­ple would be fas­ci­nated by them. Un­for­tu­nately Mick died ear­lier this year, and Gil­lian has de­cided to sell the pair.

Derek Mathew­son of Math­ew­sons, says: ‘ The cars were pur­chased by the brother and sis­ter and de­liv­ered di­rect to their barn. They’d not moved un­til now.’

All books and pa­per­work are present and they’re both still car­ry­ing var­i­ous dealer stick­ers. The orig­i­nal Wax­oyl is in­tact even on the ex­hausts.

‘Each one would cer­tainly make a very easy and re­ward­ing project and each is prime for turn­ing into a su­perb show piece,’ says Mathew­son.

The black au­to­matic Lim­ited Edi­tion Mini (left) has just 15 miles on the clock, the red man­ual car – a mere 12 miles!

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