Wednesday, 4 September 2019


 Woodham Mortimer has the pleasure of offering for sale what is likely to be the world’s most original Mini. With just 272 miles registered on its odometer, the 1968 Mk1 Morris Minor-Mini Super De Luxe is offered as it would have been delivered more than 50 years ago, with even the plastic seat covers fitted and intact. This unique car is appropriately being offered in Mini’s 60th anniversary year.
Built in 1967, making it one of the last Mk1 Minis, the car was registered and delivered in 1968 to Mrs B Jones, who purchased the car in order to learn to drive. When she was unsuccessful in her endeavours the car was garaged, where it remained until it was auctioned by her family just a few years ago.
The result is an extraordinarily original example of the Mk1 Mini, which preserves the smallest details that are lost with even the most faithful of restorations or more heavily-used originals. The door strikers, which were painted in Old English White to match the bodywork and that usually become chipped with use, are completely intact, as are painted screws that would typically be prone to rust.
Inside, the original Tartan Red interior, which often fades in the sunlight, is as bright as the day the car left the showroom more than half a century earlier. Even the optional safety belts that were fitted at the time of the car’s pre-delivery service sport the manufacturer’s original cardboard label.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO and Chairman of Woodham Mortimer, says: “This is a truly unique example of the iconic Mini and it is a privilege for Woodham Mortimer to offer it for sale. The car offers the unrepeatable opportunity to own what must be the world’s most original example of Britain’s most-loved classic car.”
The car is available to be viewed by interested parties in Woodham Mortimer’s showroom in Maldon, Essex. A full-service sales, restoration and, race preparation business, Woodham Mortimer’s 40 skilled craftsmen delivers some of the highest quality restoration work seen anywhere in the world, with dedicated workshops for bodywork, paintwork, trimming, machining, engine building, final assembly and race preparation. Cars restored by Woodham Mortimer’s workforce have won honours at many of the world’s most prestigious concours events, while the race team has prepared and run some of the most successful historic racing cars to compete for international events of every type. 
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