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Tuesday, 24 May, 2022 - 08:00

1983 Leyland Mini 1275E

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

Unrestored example of the last Mini model assembled in South Africa. Very original and in top condition, with original books, invoice, service record and ownership trail – looks to be a one-family-owned car until being parked up in a collection from 2012. Recommissioned for use in 2022.

Reconditioned radiator and brake master cylinder just fitted, and it drives like a dream – even the period radio works well.

There are a few small paint chips and imperfections but the body is very solid and rust free – it even has a good battery box area (where so many rot away). All interior switches are working, as are the heater, fan and interior light. The carpet has some ageing behind the pedals and at the left seatbelt stalk mounting but the seats, dash, door cards and hood lining are in beautiful condition.

The engine bay is all original but could do with a detail and there is a minor oil leak... but is this not standard?

Papers in order (status reflects 'Used/gebruik') and licensed up to date.

Available to view by appointment in Johannesburg.

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Condition rating: 107/140
Original, time-warp example
Original books

Quick Facts


Reference: LOT-000030
Seller: Private
Year: 1983
Manufacturer: Leyland Mini
Model: 1275E
Derivative: -
Service History: Partial
Mileage: 98,000 Km
Engine Size: 1,275cc
Engine Type: Inline 4-cylinder
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 4 Manual
Layout: Front engine - rear-wheel drive
Power Output: 56 BHP
Exterior: White
Interior: Brown

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Bidding

Bidding Information - 1983 Leyland Mini 1275E

Estimated Price Range:

R 85,000.00 - R 100,000.00

Highest Bid:

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Total Bids:

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Start Date:

Tuesday, 24 May, 2022 - 08:00

End Date:

Tuesday, 31 May, 2022 - 18:00


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