1988 Mini 1000 City
(Featured on 17th October 2010)
Registration: F72 AUE
Sellers original description:
A truly exceptional 1988 Mini 1000 City. Effectively one owner from new and just 13,450 genuine miles supported by service history and every M.O.T since its first.
Totally original and retaining all of its original panels, glass and the majority of its factory applied paint finish.
Always garaged and maintained the car is presented in absolutely outstanding original condition and is of such quality that it was chosen to be exhibited in a Motor Museum.
Since the day Sir Alec Issigonis penned the now classic lines of what was to turn out to be the Mini it has become such a part of so many people’s lives. From Celebrities and Royals to learner drivers alike, every one loves a Mini.
CLASSIC MINI-It has become an Icon and Worldwide British Legend and here is an opportunity to own one of the very best original examples available.
Supplied new on 30th August 1988 to its first owner by Charles Clark and Son Wolverhampton F72 AUE was clearly cherished, always garaged, used very infrequently by its new elderly owner.
The free 1000 mile service was not carried out until March 1989. Details of subsequent services and the invoices for them are recorded in the vehicles service book.
The mileage recorded on the first M.O.T, in 1991, was 3,566. Every M.O.T since is present in the history file confirming minimal usage averaging just a few hundred miles each year. The genuine mileage now is just 13,450.
In March last year F72 AUE was acquired as an exhibit with special interest by the renowned Atwell Wilson Motor Museum in Calne Wiltshire.
The Atwell-Wilson Museum can trace its routes back to 1937. In 1997 a charitable trust was formed to take over operation of the Museum and in 2003 following a grant from the Heritage Lottery fund the Museum underwent its latest expansion.
A volunteer support group known as “The Friends” engage in fund raising activities for the Museum. A major contributor to the fund raising is the Annual Classic Vehicle Show which this year celebrated 40 years of the Triumph Stag and was held on the 11th of July. Star prize of the Annual Draw held at the show, following the sale of raffle tickets, was one of the Museums prized exhibits – F72 AUE.
The winner, a local lady who’s farther had bought the ticket for her, collected the car shortly after the end of the show and drove it the third of a mile from the Museum to her Grandmothers house where it was put straight into the garage for safe keeping. F72 AUE has not been driven on the road since.
Although the V5c (logbook) does show 2 former keepers in effect it really should just be the first owner that is counted as neither the Museum nor the winner ever used the car.
Since it was new this gorgeous Mini has been dry garaged, cherished, cosseted, and maintained. It is today presented in original condition. It has received very little paint rectification and retains the majority of its factory finish.
In Twenty two years it has covered just 13,500 miles in the hands of just one elderly driver.
It is 10 years since production of the classic Mini ceased, however, there are still a few original extremely low mileage examples to be found (although they tend to be later cars) but, as their popularity continues to grow, they are getting harder to find and as such are highly sought after.
F72 AUE is an extremely well cared for, effectively one owner, exceptionally low mileage, outstanding example of this British classic presented in show condition.
It is the right colour combinations, has most of its original paint, has incredibly low mileage and is totally unmolested.
This car will, of course, be of real interest to collectors, enthusiasts and investors, but it is also an extremely practical Classic Mini for every day use.