An unknown buyer has paid over NZ$3000 for a wrecked windowless and wheel-less Mini Clubman.
The Mini was the famed "Longbridge Tunnel" wreck salvaged from the famous factory that was at one stage in the 1960s the largest car plant in the world employing 250,000 workers.
The iconic 1275 GT car – which was used to travel around the sprawling plant - had been secretly dumped by workers in the late 1970s after suffering some damage thought to be from a storage container falling on it.
However, photos of the famous ''lost'' Mini eventually emerged and after much searching it was saved by a former factory worker who got permission to remove it in 2012 shortly before the tunnels were due to be filled in – making it the last ever Mini to leave Longbridge.
The wreck was sold last weekend at the Silverstone Auctions for £1610 (NZ$3077).
That sale was at the lower end of the scale for the auction which generated close to NZ$4 million in sales.
Highest price on the day was for a stunning 1965 Aston Martin DB5 saloon which sold for well above its upper estimate, fetching £373,750 (NZ$713,999).
Other cars grabbing the limelight, which all sold for above their pre-sale upper estimates, were a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 MkI, once owned by entertainer Des O'Connor, which sold for £147,200 (NZ$281,168), a 1996 Ferrari 456, originally owned by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone which fetched £34,500 (NZ$65,897), and the ex-Enid Blyton ''Noddy Car'' – a 1969 Fiat 500 Gamine which sold for £29,325 (NZ$56,013).
A 1958 Jaguar XK 150 S Roadster with just 580 miles (933 kilometres) on the clock, sold for an amazing £201,250 (NZ$384,484), one of the highest prices ever paid anywhere in the world for a car of its type.
Other notable lots finding new homes included a rare 2005 Honda NSX Targa which sold for £80,500 (NZ$153,793) and a beautiful 1967 Ford Lotus Cortina MkI fetching £38,525 (NZ$73,596) – more than double its pre-sale estimate.
Competition cars were not to be outdone and among those successfully sold was Kimi Raikkonen's first UK single seater – a Formula Renault, which sold for £25,300 (NZ$48,332).
- © Fairfax NZ News
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