1967 Mini Countryman
Lot 320A
1967 Austin Mini Countryman Estate Chassis no. AAW7 979371 Engine no. 1154309
Sold for £4,600 (US$ 7,516) inc. premium

Lot Details
1967 Mini Countryman 1967 Mini Countryman 1967 Mini Countryman
1967 Austin Mini Countryman Estate
Registration no. HMR 786E
Chassis no. AAW7 979371
Engine no. 1154309

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. In due course estate and van versions arrived, larger engines became available, more luxurious Riley and Wolseley models joined the line-up and the sporting Mini Cooper was introduced. The early 'Mk1' had the 848cc A-Series engine, rubber cone suspension and floor-mounted starter button, the latter two features being replaced by Hydrolastic suspension and key starting respectively in 1964. De Luxe versions – preferred by the majority of customers – came with bumper over-riders and additional exterior brightwork.

    The estate car versions of the Mini had been introduced in January 1960 as the Countryman (Austin) and Traveller (Morris). Based on the Mini van platform, they were 4" (101.6mm) longer in the wheelbase and offered greatly increased luggage space, even with four passengers aboard. Both boasted non-structural wooden trim at the rear to create a 'woody' look. A cheaper all-metal version followed. Departures from saloon practice included double rear doors (like the van), sliding rear side windows, twin wing mirrors, and mounting the battery and spare wheel beneath the rear floor. Built up to November 1967, the original (retrospectively 'Mk1') version was powered by the 848cc engine and like its 998cc Mk2 successor was only ever available with the rubber cone suspension. The De Luxe saloon's trim level was standard on the estates.

    This Austin Mini Countryman was first registered in March 1967 to one William George Blake of Ludgershall, Hampshire, who is the sole owner recorded in the accompanying original logbook. In 1977 the car was purchased by a prominent European motor museum and has been kept there on display, unused, ever since. Finished in Almond Green with matching two-tone (cream/green) interior, 'HMR 786E' is described as generally solid with good woodwork; it is possible to turn over the engine by hand, but the brakes do not work. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, this collectible early Mini variant comes with the aforementioned old-style logbook and Netherlands registration papers.

    No Reserve

Saleroom notices

  • 1967 Austin Mini Countryman Estate Registration no. HMR 786E Chassis no. AAW7 979371 Engine no. 1154309 £2,000-4,000 No Reserve 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. In due course estate and van versions arrived, larger engines became available, more luxurious Riley and Wolseley models joined the line-up and the sporting Mini Cooper was introduced. The early 'Mk1' had the 848cc A-Series engine, rubber cone suspension and floor-mounted starter button, the latter two features being replaced by Hydrolastic suspension and key starting respectively in 1964. De Luxe versions – preferred by the majority of customers – came with bumper over-riders and additional exterior brightwork. The estate car versions of the Mini had been introduced in January 1960 as the Countryman (Austin) and Traveller (Morris). Based on the Mini van platform, they were 4" (101.6mm) longer in the wheelbase and offered greatly increased luggage space, even with four passengers aboard. Both boasted non-structural wooden trim at the rear to create a 'woody' look. A cheaper all-metal version followed. Departures from saloon practice included double rear doors (like the van), sliding rear side windows, twin wing mirrors, and mounting the battery and spare wheel beneath the rear floor. Built up to November 1967, the original (retrospectively 'Mk1') version was powered by the 848cc engine and like its 998cc Mk2 successor was only ever available with the rubber cone suspension. The De Luxe saloon's trim level was standard on the estates. This Austin Mini Countryman was first registered in March 1967 to one William George Blake of Ludgershall, Hampshire, who is the sole owner recorded in the accompanying original logbook. In 1977 the car was purchased by a prominent European motor museum and has been kept there on display, unused, ever since. Finished in Almond Green with matching two-tone (cream/green) interior, 'HMR 786E' is described as generally solid with good woodwork; it is possible to turn over the engine by hand, but the brakes do not work. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, this collectible early Mini variant comes with the aforementioned old-style logbook and Netherlands registration papers.
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