Circa 3,800 miles from new,1990 ERA Mini  Turbo Sports Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXL2S1T20435264 Engine no. 12HD26104266

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Lot 333
1990 ERA Mini Turbo Sports Saloon
Registration no. G745 KCL Chassis no. SAXXL2S1T20435264 Engine no. 12HD26104266

Sold for £ 15,525 (US$ 18,848) inc. premium
Circa 3,800 miles from new
1990 ERA Mini Turbo Sports Saloon
Registration no. G745 KCL
Chassis no. SAXXL2S1T20435264
Engine no. 12HD26104266

Footnotes

  • Not so much a conversion, more a thorough re-engineering, this Mini Turbo is the product of ERA, a division of the Jack Knight Group. The name ERA has an august lineage dating back to 1934 when English Racing Automobiles produced its first A-Type single-seater voiturette racing car. Based on the 'White Riley' and despite the fact that only 17 were built of all types, the ERA kept British colours flying throughout the 1930s. The name later came to stand for Engineering Research and Application, a company increasingly involved with Zenith and Solex carburettors which passed into the control of Jack Knight in the mid-1980s. Shortly afterwards, in 1989, the ERA Mini Turbo was announced. About as far away in concept from the Spartan 1959 original as is possible to get, the ERA Mini boasts a specification rivalling that of many current range-topping models twice its size and has performance to match courtesy of its 1,275cc turbo-charged engine. ERA badges adorn the five spoke alloy wheels and a smart matt finish black radiator grille indicates special performance. Flared wheel arches, a deep chin spoiler, twin spot-lamps and bonnet 'power bulge' were included in the specification, as was a Garrett T3 turbocharger which gave the car its name. Add tinted windows and lowered suspension and you have an exciting power package which, when new, attracted a hefty price tag.

    ERA Mini car number 'R1040', this example was purchased by the immediately preceding owner at Bonhams' sale at the RAF Museum, Hendon on 25th February 2002 (Lot 528). At time of purchase the vehicle had covered a mere 900 miles from new and a further 1,600-or-so had been added to the total when it was offered for sale at Bonhams' Olympia auction in December 2005 (Lot 674). Purchased there by the current vendor, the car has been serviced and MoT'd annually since acquisition and currently displays a total of 3,800 miles on the odometer. 'G745 KCL' is finished in British Racing Green with silver roof and grey leather interior, and is presented in effectively 'as new' condition. Accompanying documentation consists of the original paperwork, service booklet, owner's manual, brochure, dealers list, current MoT/tax, V5C registration document and an excellent history file containing all bills for work carried out and expired MoTs verifying the recorded mileage. The car also comes with an original publicity T-shirt, key fob and two sets of keys. The addition of silver bonnet stripes is the only notified deviation from factory specification.

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Circa 3,800 miles from new,1990 ERA Mini  Turbo Sports Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXL2S1T20435264 Engine no. 12HD26104266
Circa 3,800 miles from new,1990 ERA Mini  Turbo Sports Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXL2S1T20435264 Engine no. 12HD26104266
Circa 3,800 miles from new,1990 ERA Mini  Turbo Sports Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXL2S1T20435264 Engine no. 12HD26104266
Circa 3,800 miles from new,1990 ERA Mini  Turbo Sports Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXL2S1T20435264 Engine no. 12HD26104266
Circa 3,800 miles from new,1990 ERA Mini  Turbo Sports Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXL2S1T20435264 Engine no. 12HD26104266
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