Auction Ended:

Monday, 26 April, 2021 - 18:00

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1982 Mini 1275

British Motor Corporation marketed the Mini under both Austin and Morris names until 1969, and the very first one that hit South African shores was an Austin 850 in Tartan Red. It was an important moment in history as its purpose here was to act as an aid in making up the tooling to start South African Mini building. Completion of the first locally assembled Mini took place on 21 December 1959. By close of business that year, 36 Minis had been sold: 24 badged as Austin 850s and the remaining dozen as Morris Mini-Minors. Late 1960 saw the South African-assembled panel van added to the Mini menu, and the station wagon hit the road a year later.

But in July 1978, the Leyland future looked uncertain with Sigma Motor Corporation proposing a deal where, with a 51% shareholding, it would take over Leyland’s car building and selling business. This would mean moving production to a facility in Pretoria by late 1979, but the deal never went through. The official statement was: “Many months have been spent endeavouring to resolve the complex arrangements that would have been required to bring the proposed merger to fruition. In the event, the obstacles to the merger proved insurmountable in the light of both parties’ interest.”

Whether this production facility ripple was the reason or not, the bottom line is that Blackheath Mini production had stopped and, as of March 1980, there were no units listed on the sales charts. There was no stock and no dealer network.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for Mini. In July that year, Leyland South Africa management announced that the Mini would be back. Production would once again fire up at Blackheath and a Leyland dealer network would be re-established.

By August a new Mini, the 1275E, was back on the sales lists and, mindful that the Mini had fallen off the map, the advertising department jumped into action, with material reading: “The Mini’s back. The incomparable Mini. Welcome back at your Leyland dealer. At a very welcome price.”

This Example

Description by seller: One of the last Minis built in South Africa. This one is very solid but has had a paint colour and interior makeover. It was originally yellow with brown interior but now sports a tasteful cream/red exterior and black cloth inside. Car drives very well.

This Mini is available to view by appointment in Johannesburg.

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  • A buyer's premium of 5% (which includes VAT) for cars and bikes applies.
  • The minimum buyer's premium is R5 000 incl. VAT for cars and bikes (eg. if R50 000 is bid, buyer's premium = R5 000 and total cost = R55 000).
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Lot Status


Quick Facts

Reference: LOT-000063
Seller: Private
Year: 1982
Manufacturer: Mini
Model: 1275
Derivative: E
Service History: No Service History
Mileage: 98,000 Km
Engine Size: 1,275cc
Engine Type: Inline-4
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 4 Manual
Layout: Front Engine - Front Wheel Drive
Power Output: 56 BHP
Exterior: Cream/Red
Interior: Black/Material

Photo Gallery

Mini Rear L.jpg
Mini wide 6.jpg
Mini wide 7.jpg
Mini window.jpg
Mini Rear 34L.jpg
Mini rear 34 R.jpg
Mini wide 8.jpg
Mini FL.jpg
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Mini F34 L.jpg
Mini Tyre.jpg
Mini Tyre front.jpg
Mini tank.jpg
Mini steering .jpg
Mini Sillright.jpg
Mini shelf.jpg
Mini seats.jpg
MIni seats 2.jpg
Mini right mirror.jpg
Mini Right F.jpg
Mini rear R.jpg
Mini Mirror.jpg
Mini Mirrir touch.jpg
Mini light right.jpg
Mini light crack.jpg
Mini heater.jpg
Mini Grille.jpg
Mini door jam 2.jpg
Mini detail.jpg
Mini dash.jpg
Mini cockpit.jpg
Mini Bonnet Damage.jpg
Mini boot.jpg
Mini Bon1.jpg
Mini Badge.jpg
Mini FR34.jpg


Bidding Information - 1982 Mini 1275

Estimated Price Range:

R 35,000.00 - R 50,000.00

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Start Date:

Monday, 19 April, 2021 - 08:00

End Date:

Monday, 26 April, 2021 - 18:00

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