Pristine Mini Van set for auction

Pristine Mini Van set for auction

A 1968 Austin Mini Van with little over 300 miles on the clock is to go under the hammer.

The 'time wrap' motor has remained virtually unused since it rolled off the production line 47 years ago.

It was bought new for just £400 by a Miss G. Crumcott from Northern Ireland so she could learn to drive. But she never passed her test, and the van was kept unused in her garage for the best part of three decades.

A local BMC Mini dealer called Mr T. Turkington purchased the van in 1997. But he didn't drive it either, instead opting to put it on display in his showroom until 2006 before selling it to another collector in Northamptonshire.

The charming classic has therefore covered a mere 302 miles. What's more, it still has the original seat protectors, rubber floor mats, crossply Dunlop tyres and spare wheel, not to mention unopened tool box.

Auctioneers estimate the Austin Mini Van will fetch somewhere in the region of £23,000 to £25,000 at Silverstone Auctions' Practical Classics Restoration Show Sale at the NEC in Birmingham on March 28.

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