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No MOT for our 1959 Minis

As from the 18th November 2012 it will not be necessary to MOT pre 1960 cars.

For full details please read this letter recently sent to us by the DVLA.

We currently have 184 1959 Minis registered.
Morris Austin
Clipper Blue 36 Speedwell Blue 14
Cherry Red 30 Tartan Red 29
Old English White 22 Farina Grey 24
Moke
(Green)
4
Non Standard 14 Non Standard 11
Total 102 Total 82
The break down between De-luxe and basic is as follows:
De-luxe 104
Basic 22
Unrecorded 58

1959 Mini Gallery Austin A

A collection of 1959 Austin Minis which are on the register.

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527 AFJ

This Austin Seven Mini is owned Mr Yusuke Naitapan from Japan.
For some time it was thought to be a March 1960 vehicle. However to the owners surprise it turns out to be a genuine July 1959 Farina Grey basic number 602.
To it's credit too it has a tremendous amount of historical paperwork with it too.

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922 LTE

Peter Hughes - July 1959 Austin Seven

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900 FRL

Quentin Wilson has joined us, buying a 59 off another register member. 900 FRL is a late 59 built Austin Seven in Speedwell blue. Quentin has completed the restoration of FRL and has written about his new project in “Classic Cars” magazine and in his column “confessions of an auto gleaner” in the May 2011 issue page 17, he even gives the 1959 Mini Register a plug.

Quentin has written,
“Bought a 1959 Austin Seven Mini the other day. It needs a complete restoration, but it’s one of the early cars that rolled out of Longbridge in the first few months of production. I think it’s a hugely important icon, but my wife thinks it’s a pile of scrap! There are only about 100 ’59s known to have survived, and I’m going to totally restore this one. If you happen to be one of 900 FRL’s former owners, please get in touch. I’d love to unearth my icon’s past.”

He has written a column for Mini Magazine so enthusiasts could follow the restoration and followed it up with a full article when it was finished. Quentin has 900 FRL out around the country at various stands and is a regular at the NEC classic car show and Gaydon BMC show each year.

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XXL 27 Austin 108

This car has now been sold at auction April 2012, see the story here

Built on 15th May 1959 and dispatched to Car Mart in Colchester 31st July.
Previous to the current owners, this historic example of an Austin Farina Grey De-Luxe, has had two owners from new and been in the second ownership since 1986. Off the road since 1985 it is in very original unmolested condition but requires a full restoration.

Only two earlier Austin’s are so far known to exist, HUE 627 and KEG 77 are both in Japan so 108 could be the earliest Austin in Europe.
It came with the original registration number and a host of paperwork including the heritage certificate, what a find!
108 is now (2011) in the ownership of a consortium of people headed up by Richard Bremmer.
We will be very interested to see this historic Minis restoration.
Hopefully showing the restoration progress here, please come back from time to timefor a look!

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UHR 850

UHR 850 an August built 1959 Austin the most famous of the Downton tuned cars, competed at Spa and set the scene for the giant-killing works Coopers of the early to mid-sixties. It now resides in the British Motor Heritage Centre in Gaydon.

See the full story here

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MAU 46

Tero from Finland - Tartan Red Austin.

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SHD 550

Peter Kronsell from Sweden - Speedwell Blue Austin.

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6854 IA

Craig & Ian Matthews from Ireland - Tartan Red Austin.
A show stopper at the IMM/Mini50 celerbrations.

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7 VME

Stuart Keeping - Tartan Red 3rd September built Austin.
At present restoration in progress, shown here at the IMM/Mini 50 2009.

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TJ 84747

Trevor Ripley’s November dispatched CKD car, built in South Africa. It has totally original spec. and extremely low mileage.
Note the seats are different to the U.K. models. Owned by same lady from new to 1998.
Original paint and never been restored.

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627 HUE

Mr Maruyama (Mini Maruyama co) from Japan - Tartan Red 3rd April built Austin.
This car is the second Austin to be built.

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2000 4505

Jay Scott from Langley Canada - November built Austin

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