‘Lost’ Longbridge Mini up for auction
A SALVAGED Mini Clubman that lay in the tunnels under the Longbridge factory for 30 years is being auctioned at the Silverstone Classic Sale.
The car – used to travel around the sprawling plant – had been secretly dumped by workers in the late 1970s when it was damaged, possibly by a storage container falling on it.
However, photos of the ‘lost’ Mini emerged and, after much searching, it was saved by a former factory worker who got permission to remove it in 2012 shortly before the tunnels were filled in – making it the last Mini to leave Longbridge.
Now the ‘Longbridge Tunnel Mini’ is being offered for sale without reserve by Silverstone Auctions at its sale on Saturday July 27 at the circuit. Nick Whale said: “This has to be one of the most fascinating cars we’ve ever secured for auction. It made international headlines when it was rescued and has caused a fair amount of controversy in the Mini community, as some people would have preferred it was left in the tunnels as a hidden memorial.” ALL four British drivers in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26, are Honda powered. Honda is targeting its 10th successive victory at the 2.5 mile Indiana Super Speedway. Previous winner Dario Franchitti is joined by James Jakes, Pippa Mann and Justin Wilson and all four will use the latest Indy V6 engine. The HI13RT turbocharged, direct-injected engine is a development of the power plant that first raced in 2012.
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