Surfing around on eBayMotors last night, I stumbled onto this little 1969 Austin Mini. Previously prepared for light competition in trials and hillclimbs, it has since been used for street use, according to the ad. Reminds me alot of our 77 Rabbit Racer really. As of this writing, the auction is currently showing $7600, reserve not met.
Looks pretty sharp huh?! Scratch the silly side skirts and it shows pretty nice. And the wheels are totally kick ass and period correct from the looks of it. 6×10’s!
The eBay ad states that it’s an authentic ‘S’ model. If this is true, the value of this vehicle is pretty high — but the fact that it’s not in restored and original condition, has race oriented body modification — like the fenders being cut out to accommodate fiberglass flares — will prevent it from being too expensive. I’d expect a final sale in the neighborhood of $15k-17k.
With a buyers feedback rating of 97% on 45 transactions, it appears to be a pretty safe bet… or is it? Most of those feedback ratings refer to the user’s own eBay purchases, not sales. And then I noticed his email address root, which leads to http://familyclassiccars.com Opening the link takes us to his classic car showroom, where we find the mini for sale for $29k!
So it may in fact be a real ‘S’ for that money, but it still sounds waaay too high considering the car was used in amateur competition. Perhaps if it were Paddy Hopkirks Cooper S Rallye….