We found this ’72 Austin Mini at a dealer in New Hampshire that seems to find some neat cars. The Mini looks cute as ever and nicely restored. It is Left Hand Drive for those who get a bit nervous on the other side here in the States. Power is delivered by the original 52ci and 34hp 4-cylinder engine with a single side draft carburetor. But we all know what can be done to make these go scary fast. The body is straight and the dealer tells us there is no rust or rot in the restoration. Read More
What do James Hunt and Graham Hill have in common besides being Formula 1 champs? They both owned Austin A35 Sedans. Martin Brundle, another F1 ace, drove both a Ferrari GTO and an Austin A35 at Goodwood Revival a few years back. So what do all these people in the know, know what we don’t about the lowly A35? Well, it has a 948cc engine and this featured A35 has a MG Midget Ribcage tranny and clutch. Read More
Britain suffered from a lack of resources after WWII therefore many of early production cars had some creative use of materials. Early Land Rovers for example, were all the same color, Army Green, because they had a lot of paint left over. So our research tells the story of this rare bird – an Austin A70 Countryman. The engineers at Austin thought using wood was a good way to save on the amount of steel used. Read More
When Sir Alec Issigonis designed the Austin Mini, he planned another vehicle to share the Mini’s mechanical parts, but with a more rugged body shell. The intention was to carve out a slice of the military market away from Land Rover. They named it the Moke which is some sort of slang for Donkey. But the real jackass might be the guys who designed an off road vehicle with no ground clearance. They tried everything to sway the military but alas, it was not to be. Read More
Morris Minors are just the cutest little English cars. They made millions of them so their value as a collectible is based more on emotion, the model and the condition. Morris made a convertible version that sure is cute. If the old collector car mantra is true, “when the roof goes down the price goes up” the drop top would be the most in demand. We would prefer this Woodie to a Minor Convertible anytime. This one is for sale by one of our favorites dealers in California. Read More
Herbert Austin was one of the pioneers of the British Motorcar industry. He ran Wolseley and left after a dispute with his partners. In 1905 he founded his own company using his own name. Around the same time, William Morris (not the agent), got into the business. He was pretty successful despite the Depression. By 1930, the Austin was the most produced car in Great Britain. In 1929 The American Austin Company was founded. They were going to build the Austin Seven under license from the Austin Motor Company. They had a short run, filing for bankruptcy in 1934. Read More
More information from the Connecticut seller – 1966 Austin Mini Cooper 850 in very nice condition. Original 997cc twin carb engine is shelved. Left hand drive. Excellent yellow paint with black roof and black interior. Excellent chrome. No rust or accident damage. 850cc engine with single SU carb and 4 speed gearbox. Tool kit roll. Alloy wheels with good rubber. Many, many spare parts included in sale – engine and gearbox, extra head, orig red and grey front and rear seats, 2 extra grills, original steel wheels and hubcaps, 2 extra doors, trunk lid, windows, stock steering wheel, electrical parts, suspension parts, and more plus factory manuals and books. Asking $11,000 OBO. Contact Mint direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.