Rescued rare and wrecked secret Mini for sale

Last updated 10:55 14/05/2013

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How much would you pay for a wrecked Mini Clubman that is over 30 years old?

That question will be answered on July 27 when the crumpled windowless and wheel-less Mini goes to auction at the Silverstone Classic Sale in Britain.

Central to the salvaged Mini Clubman 1275 GT's claim to fame is that it is the last Mini to leave the famous Longbridge factory that was at one stage in the 1960s the largest car plant in the world, employing 250,000 workers.

The iconic 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.

Now the ''The Longbridge Tunnel Mini'' is being auctioned without reserve.

''Without doubt, this has got to be one of the most fascinating cars we've ever secured for auction,'' Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said.

''It made international headlines when it was rescued from underneath the factory and has caused a fair amount of controversy in the Mini community, as some people would have preferred it was left in the tunnels as a hidden memorial.

''However, now that it's been recovered we’re absolutely thrilled to offer it for auction at the Silverstone Classic Sale and it goes without saying that we expect it will attract a lot of attention.''

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