1965 Austin Mini 850 Van
Lot 538
1965 Austin Minivan Chassis no. AAV7-688824 Engine no. 8AMEAUH880845
Sold for £6,900 (US$ 11,724) inc. premium
Lot Details
1965 Austin Minivan
Registration no. EWW 713C
Chassis no. AAV7-688824
Engine no. 8AMEAUH880845

Footnotes

  • One of the most influential automobiles of all time, the Alec Issigonis-designed Mini debuted in 1959 to universal acclaim. True, there had been numerous front-wheel-drive designs before the Mini's arrival, but the transverse engine layout allowed Issigonis to create a trend-setting masterpiece of automotive packaging. BMC chose to market the car as the Austin Se7en and Morris Mini Minor before Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969.

    Following the Mini saloon's introduction in August 1959, the van version of BMC's revolutionary small car arrived in January 1960. Built on a longer wheelbase than the saloon, the commercial Mini's front-wheel drive and compact independent rear suspension enabled it to match many more-expensive medium-sized vans for interior space. Identical - apart from the badging - Austin and Morris versions were built for the first nine years, the model being known subsequently as the Mini Van. A 998cc engine had become available in 1967 but most customers opted for the more economical 848cc unit. Always more Spartanly equipped than its saloon cousins - the front passenger seat was an option to begin with - the van retained the MkI's front grille, sliding windows and external door hinges to the end of production in 1983.

    We are advised that this 848cc Minivan's non-standard dashboard, ammeter, water temperature gauge, seat covers, seat belts, electric windscreen washer, mirrors and saloon model front grille were all fitted by the main dealer prior to delivery in February 1965 (bill of sale on file). Apart from an external repaint in 2008 and power coating of the wheels, 'EWW 713C' is un-restored. Fitted with new cross-ply tyres and described as in generally good condition, this exceptionally well-equipped Minivan is offered with a quantity of old tax discs and receipts, MoT/tax to June 2013 and Swansea V5 document.

Saleroom notices

  • The odometer on this vehicle has recently been changed. The original odometer stopped working when showing 37,000 miles in 2009, this mileage is supported by old MoT certificates, in the period between this odometer failing and the new one being fitted the vehicle is believed to have only done circa 100 miles.
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