VERY CLEAN & STRAIGHT, 998cc ENGINE, 4 SPD MANUAL, FUN DRIVER - GREAT PAINT!
This compact fun machine comes directly from across the pond and is sure to bring smiles to onlookers wherever it may roam. This 1984 Austin Mini Mayfair is the "real deal" - a direct British descendant, down to its right-hand drive - in a pivotal breed of cars that first gained enormous popularity as a spirited solution to country wide gas rationing while providing drivers with nimble, fun to drive transportation. Looking great and arriving with build receipts and maintenance records in tow, it's ready to ply its trade here in the States.
Neatly dressed in copper metallic paint, this Austin may bear a passing resemblance to its domestic relatives, but it makes them look almost cavernous by comparison, and that's undoubtedly one of its charms. Its striking exterior shade presents really well - the coloring is nice and even from front to back and the strong clearcoat sitting on top gives it an impressive shine. From all appearances, this compact hasn't suffered any mishaps over the years, as it's very well aligned - with its modest stature, every inch of the car is in plain view, so any issues would really stand out if they were there. Its array of exterior components all appear to have been updated - there's unspoiled chrome everywhere you look, fresh rubber encircling all windows, and black painted bumpers both fore and aft that show no sign of mishaps.
The first thing you'll likely notice upon climbing inside - besides of course, this import's right-hand drive - is just how surprisingly spacious the tan cloth interior is. Given the Mini's small size, you'd think that putting a driver and three passengers inside would look a little like a circus clown car act, but it's nothing of the sort. The front buckets actually look a little broader than most and there's quite a number of larger compact cars carrying far less space than what separates the bucket and bench seating on display here. With only some very minor evidence of wear on the seating surfaces, it's got plenty of life left in it, with ample padding to provide comfort. Up front, everything appears to be in good order with the dash. There's a straight looking pad on top and every switch and control knob is presented and accounted for. The deck lid in back lowers to reveal actual usable storage space in back and from that vantage point, you can see the steel components inside are plenty sturdy.
Prop up the hood and you'll find a transverse-mounted one-liter engine sitting inside with a one-barrel carb on top. Yep, one liter, one barrel - as novel a configuration as the car is itself. Of course, with the Austin Mini tipping the scales at substantially under 1500lbs empty, displacement is a relative concept and this seemingly tiny powerplant can actually bring the car up to highway speed without any issues. True to its purpose as a gas miser, the Mini didn't disappoint when tested at its factory, coming in at an impressive 40mpg in a mix of city and highway driving. And, as far as handling is concerned, it's a veritable go cart - very nimble and responsive. With the engine accompanied by a 4-speed manual transmission in top form and shifting smoothly, this car is an absolute blast to drive. There's yet more novelty on display where the rubber meets the road - this Austin cruises on a set of very clean 10" wheels outfitted with Camac steel belted radials.
With its great looking exterior, strong running condition and bona fide collectability, this 1984 Austin Mini Mayfair would be a great acquisition for the car enthusiast who's serious about putting one seriously distinctive classic ride in their garage. Call today!
- Build Receipts
- AM/FM Radio
- Owner's Manual
- Maintenance Records
- Exterior Color
- Copper Metallic
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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