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This is a truly unbelievable find and a very special, unique car. This beautiful MKI Mini was first registered on the 1st October 1960 to a lady in Scarborough who owned the car until 1983. It was then owned by a gentleman in Scarborough until 2013 when the Mini was sold to one of the board members of the East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club. Over 66 years and just three owners from new, XPY 83 has covered just 34000 miles and comes with an astonishing 47 previous MOT certificates warranting the super low mileage and confirming the Mini has had local regular use since brand new. The majority of MOT certificates are with one garage, Newby Service Station in Scarborough. It will come as no surprise the Mini is still in its original colour of Red and retains its wonderful original seats and original registration mark. The whole car demonstrates a large degree of originality and could well be an unrepeatable opportunity.
When the most recent owner bought the car in 2013, having being in Scarborough its whole entire life, the totally original Mini was in need of some sympathetic restoration work. The body was stripped down and the Mini treated to various genuine new panels to include inner and outer o/s and n/s A panels, o/s and n/s scuttle repair panels, both outer sills, both front foot wells, new genuine subframe mounting panel, new seat belt mounting panels, new o/s and n/s closing panels and on completion of the metal work, the Mini was fully re-sprayed as per original. Interior work included a new front and rear parcel shelf, speedo panels, headliner rear panels, new carpets and the lovely original seats just preserved and cleaned. Lots of new seals, rubbers and clips were fitted and a mechanical overhaul included new suspension, brake and fuel system components and the engine was treated to an unleaded conversion and detailing. In total in the region of £10,000 was spent taking this Mini to a superb standard, exactly what it deserved considering mileage, ownership and provenance.
XPY 83 is a beautiful car with stunning paintwork, chrome work and a structurally excellent rebuilt body. The engine bay is first class, the interior is stunning and the boot area superbly presented with an excellent boot floor. The Mini is superb on the road and was driven over to us on a dry day. Since the major work it has covered in the region of 4000 miles and has proven totally reliable and usable. Not only is this a wonderfully preserved car with provenance, it is honest, genuine, usable, ideal for shows, events and will make a truly superb collectors piece. This is just one of those special finds, outstanding. Please note the original steering wheel is with the car.