11th Mar, 2023 13:00

March 2023 Classic & Performance Car Auction

 
Lot 38
 

1974 Mini 1275 GT
Same owner from new, believed to be one of two LHD examples remaining

Registration - TOB 129N

Chassis No. - XE2D2-14995A

M.O.T. - Exempt

Odometer - TBC

Now here’s an interesting Mini, for two reasons. Firstly, it has had just the one owner throughout its forty-nine-year life. Secondly, it is a lefthand drive version, of which the Mini Club of Great Britain apparently believe only two examples remain. It was a special order from Voss Motors of Hanover Street, Liverpool that was UK registered by the vendor on September 9, 1974. It was then almost immediately exported to his family home in Calabria, Italy, where it remained until being repatriated in 2018, following which the original registration of ‘TOB 129N’ was reinstated and a new log book issued. The GT’s white bodywork is matched to contrasting brown upholstery and black carpets, and it nowadays rides on a set of Minator alloy wheels shod with Yokohama tyres on the front and Falken on the rear – the original wheels are included in the lot and can be collected from the vendor post-sale. He describes the Mini as ‘a pampered car on which everything is original and the body free of rust and rot’. He presently grades the shell and paintwork as ‘excellent’, the A series engine and four-speed manual gearbox as ‘excellent to good’, and the upholstery as ‘good’. He is now selling the little Austin complete with its original seat belts (with the car but not currently fitted), pair of original keys, British Leyland Passport, handbook and old-style logbook.

‘At last – a comfortable Mini’ was Motor magazine’s take on the 1275 GT/Clubman at its introduction in 1969. The saloon version of the newcomer had been penned by ex-Ford stylist Roy Haynes as a replacement for the Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet, while the related estate car was intended to succeed the established Countryman and Traveller. However, a change of plan saw both round and square-nosed Minis produced concurrently, until the Clubman/1275 GT range gave way to the Metro in 1980. A total of 110,673 1275 GTs and 275,583 Clubman saloons were produced all told.

In summary:

  • Just one owner from new
  • Thought to be one of only two lefthand drive GTs remaining
  • A very original car that’s spent most of its life in sunny Italy

 

'A Buyer’s Premium applies to the Hammer Price of this Lot if your bid is successful, as per the following;  Motor Cars 12.5% + VAT (minimum £150 + VAT), Motorcycles and Bicycles 12.5% + VAT (minimum £150 + VAT); Registration Numbers 15% + VAT (minimum £50 + VAT); Automobilia 15% + VAT (minimum of £5 + VAT).'

 Potential buyers should satisfy themselves with the description and condition of each lot prior to sale. Each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ as per the terms and conditions for the auction, buyers are asked to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out the service. Any disputes over descriptions will not be entertained.

 

Sold for £8,212

(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)


 

Registration - TOB 129N

Chassis No. - XE2D2-14995A

M.O.T. - Exempt

Odometer - TBC

Now here’s an interesting Mini, for two reasons. Firstly, it has had just the one owner throughout its forty-nine-year life. Secondly, it is a lefthand drive version, of which the Mini Club of Great Britain apparently believe only two examples remain. It was a special order from Voss Motors of Hanover Street, Liverpool that was UK registered by the vendor on September 9, 1974. It was then almost immediately exported to his family home in Calabria, Italy, where it remained until being repatriated in 2018, following which the original registration of ‘TOB 129N’ was reinstated and a new log book issued. The GT’s white bodywork is matched to contrasting brown upholstery and black carpets, and it nowadays rides on a set of Minator alloy wheels shod with Yokohama tyres on the front and Falken on the rear – the original wheels are included in the lot and can be collected from the vendor post-sale. He describes the Mini as ‘a pampered car on which everything is original and the body free of rust and rot’. He presently grades the shell and paintwork as ‘excellent’, the A series engine and four-speed manual gearbox as ‘excellent to good’, and the upholstery as ‘good’. He is now selling the little Austin complete with its original seat belts (with the car but not currently fitted), pair of original keys, British Leyland Passport, handbook and old-style logbook.

‘At last – a comfortable Mini’ was Motor magazine’s take on the 1275 GT/Clubman at its introduction in 1969. The saloon version of the newcomer had been penned by ex-Ford stylist Roy Haynes as a replacement for the Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet, while the related estate car was intended to succeed the established Countryman and Traveller. However, a change of plan saw both round and square-nosed Minis produced concurrently, until the Clubman/1275 GT range gave way to the Metro in 1980. A total of 110,673 1275 GTs and 275,583 Clubman saloons were produced all told.

In summary:

  • Just one owner from new
  • Thought to be one of only two lefthand drive GTs remaining
  • A very original car that’s spent most of its life in sunny Italy

 

'A Buyer’s Premium applies to the Hammer Price of this Lot if your bid is successful, as per the following;  Motor Cars 12.5% + VAT (minimum £150 + VAT), Motorcycles and Bicycles 12.5% + VAT (minimum £150 + VAT); Registration Numbers 15% + VAT (minimum £50 + VAT); Automobilia 15% + VAT (minimum of £5 + VAT).'

 Potential buyers should satisfy themselves with the description and condition of each lot prior to sale. Each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ as per the terms and conditions for the auction, buyers are asked to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out the service. Any disputes over descriptions will not be entertained.

 

Auction: March 2023 Classic & Performance Car Auction, 11th Mar, 2023

Our March auction of classic, modern classic and prestige cars and motorbikes will take place at Mavericks in Holywell, North Wales (half an hour’s drive from Chester). Mavericks, 8 Moyston Road Business Park, Llannerch-y-Môr, Holywell, CH8 9DQ

There will be free parking for auction attendees.

Entries are now being invited, and sellers will benefit from Hampson’s unique offering of zero sellers commission for physical auctions, meaning that vendors keep 100% of the hammer price achieved for their vehicles.

If you wish to consign your vehicle to this auction, you can request a valuation here or by calling one of the Hampson Auctions team on 01606 828124

 

Viewing Days:
Friday 10th March 2pm - 7pm
Saturday 11th March 9am - 1pm

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