Mini May­fair

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Gil­lian Car­moodie

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? BODY­WORK CHECK

The smart Cham­pagne paint is in good con­di­tion with no bub­bling, chips or scuffs. Panel gaps are even and there’s no ev­i­dence of pre­vi­ous ac­ci­dent dam­age. The black coach­line is in­tact and the win­dow rub­bers ap­pear as new. Gun­metal grey bumpers ap­pear to be un­dam­aged, though there is some rust vis­i­ble along the bot­tom sec­tion of the front grille. Both the sills and whee­larches have es­caped the tin worm, as has the boot floor and spare wheel well.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The in­te­rior is in good over­all con­di­tion, though the right side of the in­stru­ment bin­na­cle ap­pears to have pulled away very slightly from the frame be­neath and there’s some vis­i­ble wear to the trans­mis­sion tun­nel car­pet. Else­where, the choco­late brown dash­board and three-spoke steer­ing wheel are in good or­der, though the lat­ter’s Austin-branded hub should have ‘Mini’ badg­ing in­stead. There are no stains, or tears in the cloth seats and the door cards are un­marked, com­ple­mented by match­ing door han­dles and win­dow winders. The smart carpets re­tain some of their fac­tory springi­ness and the cream head­lin­ing has only a few mi­nor scuffs in it, mainly on the driver’s side. The front and rear seat­belts are un­frayed, the pedal rub­bers are in good con­di­tion – and even the charm­ingly orig­i­nal Philips ra­dio still works per­fectly.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

En­gine oil and coolant sit at healthy lev­els. The in­ner wings are un­cor­roded and all vis­i­ble pipes and wires ap­pear to be sound con­di­tion, but the bulk­head sound­proof­ing ma­te­rial looks a lit­tle ragged and cracked in places. There’s no sign of oil seep­age from the en­gine and the cylin­der head gas­ket looks dry. The front pro­tec­tive shroud is in good con­di­tion and there are no rat­tles, whines or belt squeaks. A bonus is that the Mini also comes with its orig­i­nal ser­vice record and hand­books.

THE CCW VIEW

With prices for solid ex­am­ples ris­ing steadily, you’re un­likely to lose your money on this car, es­pe­cially given the low mileage, strong me­chan­i­cals and largely crust-free body­work.

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