2000  Rover Mini 1.3i Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXNWAZEYD182146 Engine no. 12A2LK70 393785
Lot 348
2000 Rover Mini 1.3i Saloon
Registration no. V679 LNP Chassis no. SAXXNWAZEYD182146 Engine no. 12A2LK70 393785
Sold for £4,370 (US$ 7,463) inc. premium
Auction Details
2000  Rover Mini 1.3i Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXNWAZEYD182146 Engine no. 12A2LK70 393785 2000  Rover Mini 1.3i Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXNWAZEYD182146 Engine no. 12A2LK70 393785 2000  Rover Mini 1.3i Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXNWAZEYD182146 Engine no. 12A2LK70 393785 2000  Rover Mini 1.3i Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXNWAZEYD182146 Engine no. 12A2LK70 393785 2000  Rover Mini 1.3i Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXNWAZEYD182146 Engine no. 12A2LK70 393785 2000  Rover Mini 1.3i Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXNWAZEYD182146 Engine no. 12A2LK70 393785 2000  Rover Mini 1.3i Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXNWAZEYD182146 Engine no. 12A2LK70 393785 2000  Rover Mini 1.3i Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXNWAZEYD182146 Engine no. 12A2LK70 393785 2000  Rover Mini 1.3i Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXNWAZEYD182146 Engine no. 12A2LK70 393785
Lot Details
2000 Rover Mini 1.3i Saloon
Registration no. V679 LNP
Chassis no. SAXXNWAZEYD182146
Engine no. 12A2LK70 393785

Footnotes

  • In 1999 Rover Cars announced that production of the classic Mini would end in 2000. Alex Moulton decided to purchase one of the final Minis and sourced this one from Rover dealer Edwards Cars of Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, Stratford being the town of his birth in April 1920. An appropriate 80th birthday present, 'V679 LNP' was the last new car Alex bought and the final one he ever drove. He specified the Mini in Tahiti Blue and prior to delivery had the roof painted Old English White by Edwards Cars. This was to replicate the original appearance of his 1966 Morris Mini Cooper S 'GMR 135D' (Lot 351).

    Within days of delivery Alex was enjoying his new car, having immediately had modified suspension cones and trumpets fitted, and the driver's seat mounting brackets modified to better accommodate him. Further suspension refinements were carried out over the next few years including a 'Smootha Ride' kit developed by Alex and sold through Mini Sport of Padiham, Lancashire. The cylinder head was modified by Richard Longman in 2000 and there is mention in the vehicle's history file of the ECU being up-rated but there is no documentary evidence to support this.

    In 2005 Alex decided that he wanted to fit Hydragas suspension and E W Stone Ltd of Bradford-on-Avon set about obtaining the necessary parts. However, the project stalled and was abandoned in 2006 when Stone's closed. As a final and very fitting tribute to the genius behind the Mini's suspension, 'V679 LNP' was parked outside the door of Holy Trinity Church, Bradford-on-Avon on the morning of Alex's funeral on Wednesday 19th December 2012.

    This Mini is in need of re-commissioning as it has seen little if any use since Dr Moulton's death (the last MoT expired on 15th August 2013). Currently SORN'd and offered with V5C document, it is sold with a history file that includes an original sales brochure, price list and accessories catalogue; correspondence between Shaun Moulton and Edwards Cars; and the original sales invoices. The handbooks and all security numbers, etc are included together with a copy of E W Stone's garage record card detailing work undertaken.
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