1978 Austin Morris Mini Clubman
Barn-find example from long term ownership ripe for restoration; 1,098cc engine and other period features; just 3 owners from new
Dating from December 1978 this Austin Morris era Mini Clubman has sat hidden away since at least 2012 when our last owner took ownership.
Finished in blue with grey cloth interior, the shell looks to have suffered in the usual Mini areas but to many, the appeal is that all the parts are available and there isn’t anything about Mini’s that isn’t know by someone, somewhere such is the loyal and devoted following of the marque.
Showing 49,045 miles there’s no supporting history to substantiate this, but given the number of years its been standing, it could be genuine. A quick search online shows the last tax was due in December 1991, but was not SORN’d which may require an explanatory letter to DVLA.Within the history file, we find just the V5C showing only 2 previous owners, the current since 2012 and prior to that the last ownership change was in May 1981.
Under the bonnet resides the proven 1,098cc A-series engine which we have not attempted to start given the car’s state and how long it has been stood – clearly this Clubman requires a degree of restoration and recommissioning but does roll freely. It looks a prime candidate given what restored variants are fetching now.
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