Shortly before the tunnels under Mini's Longbridge factory were to be filled in, the bodyshell of a long-lost Mini Clubman 1275 GT was found abandoned. Now, the salvaged Clubman will be going to auction this summer.
Originally used to travel around the plant, rumors suggest the car was secretly dumped in the tunnels by workers after a storage container fell on it, causing damage. While many Mini enthusiasts wanted the car to remain in place as a tribute to the brand and the factory, the Clubman was removed after a former factory worker got permission to rescue it after its discovery, making it the last Mini to leave the factory.
After being abandoned for more than three decades, the Clubman's powertrain and many of the accessories have been removed. The rear subframe and gauges remain intact.
The iconic car will be offered for auction at the Silverstone Classic Sale on July 27. And if you have information on the whereabouts of the original powertrain, the auction company would like to hear from you.
Last year, an Austin Mini Se7en believed to be the oldest unrestored Mini in existence auctioned for 40,250 pounds (roughly $62,000) by Bonhams. That car went for about triple original estimates. While three older Minis are known to exist, those models have all been restored.
Source: Silverstone Auctions