1961 Morris Mini MK1 1959 848cc - Beautiful Restored Example For Sale
Morris Mini Mk1 1961 848cc Beautiful Restored Example
Walk around video link below:
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This little beauty is 'Old English White' with Tartan Red leather cloth interior.
This is a lovely piece of British motoring history and a very early example too. The car retains it's original number plate (PSL 177) - the mileage is shown as 2514, but I'm afraid the true actual mileage is unknown.
The car comes with a set of 'stripped to the bare shell' restoration photos. There is also a large selection of invoices/paperwork that comes with the car (it would appear that the car was restored between 2005 and 2010 by looking at the paperwork)
The Mini is a highly useable little car and is a joy to drive of course. The little 848cc engine pulls very well and everything works like it should. You will always attract attention in this special car...people wave and children smile as you drive by.
Regarding condition, I would describe the car as typical of a restored car..i.e no rust, no bodywork damage, super solid underneath and driving perfectly well. The car looks rather stunning and wouldn't look look of place at any classic car show in the world!
However it is not a concurs car that was restored then unused. The interior is largely original and the car retains it's seating, headlining and door cards. The car has a late red carpet fitted and this shows some minor wear. There isn't a radio and everything is totally standard with no upgrades noticed throughout. I hope this honest description helps the scene. The walk-around video will assist with my description.
I have personally inspected the Mini up on our ramp and test driven the car, it was driven to my business unit in Hampshire from Bristol by the previous owner. She is ready to go!
We take part exchanges, we arrange UK delivery at competitive prices, we can arrange finance where needed (subject to status), we can take payment cars too.
Our business is based in Overton, Hampshire and we are located just 10 minutes from the M3 at Basingstoke or the same 10 minutes from the A303/A34 near Whitchurch. There its a railway station a five minute walk away.
I would strongly advice a viewing in person, I am happy to answer an email with some questions....but I'm afraid I can't enter into multiple email exchanges about the car. I much prefer to take a call and set up a viewing.
Here is little further information about the MK1 Mini
Mk I Austin and Morris: 1959 – 1967
ADO 15 (for Austin Design Office model 15) was introduced to the public in August 1959 in standard saloon form under the Austin and Morris badges as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor. The Seven name was dropped early during the Mk I run and the Minor name only lasted until the end of the Mk I Minis. The cars became simply the Austin Mini and Morris Mini.
During the eight year run, there were many detailed changes up until October 1967 (when the Mk II took the Mk I’s place). New models were introduced. Interiors changed. Exterior paint schemes and trim changed.
Common to all the Mk I Minis were the exterior door hinges, sliding windows, smaller oval tail lights, there were more than half dozen grille variations but they all had the moustache and whiskers surrounding the half-oval grille attached to the body only.
Engines were originally only 848ccs, but 997 and 998cc Cooper, 998cc non Cooper, and 970, 1071 and 1275cc Cooper S engines were added. These engines were the A-series type as were all Mini engines up until roughly 1980 when the A+ version was introduced. (See “A versus A+” in “Identifying Minis by Engine/Power Unit.”)
The gearboxes had many internal variations and improvements, but were always four speeds with no synchromesh on first gear. The 848cc engines used the “magic wand” gear shift with the long lever coming out of the floor towards the front of the foot well. The Cooper and Cooper S used the remote shift mechanism with the lever back between the two front seats. An automatic gearbox was introduced as an option in May 1965.
All the saloons changed to the hydrolastic suspension starting in September 1964. This commonly called “wet” suspension was originally intended for the Mini right from the beginning, but that didn’t happen, and it was introduced on the ADO16 cars first (1100s).
Front brakes for cars with the 848cc engine went to dual leading shoes in September 1964; although, they remained a single line system. The Cooper introduced small, 7” disc brakes when the 997 was first marketed in 1961. The Cooper brakes changed slightly a couple of times including improved calipers for the 998 Cooper. The Cooper S from the start in March 1963, used the much better 7.5” front disc brakes (servo assisted ) with rear drums incorporating a spacer to match the front track increase of the discs.
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