‘Lost’ Long­bridge Mini up for auc­tion

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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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