Auto News‘Sleeping Beauty’ 1970 Austin Mini 1275 GT

‘Sleeping Beauty’ 1970 Austin Mini 1275 GT

Garage Find Emerges After 33 Years, now for sale with Classic Car Auctions.

The first Classic Car Auctions sale of the year will be held at The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at the NEC, Birmingham over the weekend of the 25th & 26th of March.

A remarkable ‘Garage Find’, one owner from new, 11,836 miles and fresh from 33 years storage, this dusty Mini 1275 GT will feature in the sale with Classic Car Auctions for an estimate of £10,000 – £12,000.

CCA Mini 1275 GT Resto Show Sale 2023

One can only wonder why its owner garaged the Mini 1275 GT for three decades, but its discovery will delight all Mini enthusiasts as one more of these ground-breaking British icons takes to the road again in a very different country from the one led by John Major in 1990.

CCA Mini 1275 GT Resto Show Sale 2023

In order to prepare the Mini for the 1970s, it was restyled with a boxier front end featuring a full width grille, larger headlights and a revised front bumper. The new model was offered in two trim levels: the Mini Clubman and the Mini 1275 GT.

The new GT featured a 1,275 cc four-cylinder A-Series, a four-synchro, close-ratio, four-speed manual gearbox, a tachometer, and 10-inch Rostyle alloy wheels fitted over 7.5-inch Cooper ‘S’ disc brakes.

CCA Mini 1275 GT Resto Show Sale 2023

Finished in Bronze Yellow over Black Vinyl, this example dates from 1970. With an indicated mileage of 11,836 and stickers confirming the next service at 13,438 miles and the tax disc expiring at the end of June 1990, CCA assume the car was taken off the road in late 1989/early 1990. 

Richard Greenhalgh who sourced the car for CCA, says: “The bodywork and interior do seem to remain in remarkable condition. It almost feels as though a soapy wash and a good valet would have it back in shape. The engine bay however, is not so good and the car will undoubtedly need a full mechanical recommission.”

As with any classic car needing work to get back on the road, prospective bidders should come along to the NEC and inspect the car so they can see for themselves what may or may not need doing. It is presented to auction as it was found, with its original Passport to Service and original tool kit.

CCA Mini 1275 GT Resto Show Sale 2023

This Mini 1275 GT discovery is just one of many great vehicles coming to Auction as CCA’s first sale of 2023 at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show 25th – 26th March at the NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT. All lots are available to view online where you can also register to bid in person, on the phone, online or via commission.  If you have a classic that you are looking to sell, why not take the opportunity to sell your car with CCA at this LIVE auction at the show – a show which attracts an audience of 1000s of buyers. Entries close on the 3rd March. Get in touch with Classic Car Auctions now, the official auction partner now – Tel: 01926 640888 or

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Classic Car Auctions
NEC Restoration Show

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