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Lot 113 - 1971 Austin Mini

Ex-RAF

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ESTIMATE £5,000 - £7,000-

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015
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Lot Number 113
Reg. Number HOY 93K
Chassis Number XA2S1493158A
Year 1971
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Description

When the Royal Air Force needed transport for their Squadron Commanders they turned to Austin for the solution. Blue Austin Minis were given to each operational squadron and the Wing Commander or Squadron Leader would use the Mini to move around the airfield and base, going from Air Crew meetings to Station Commander meetings – and everything in between.

Some Blue Minis had the Squadron Crest painted on the driver’s door, although these were later removed. In the early days all RAF Motor Transport was Blue. However, towards the end of the 1970s, as the Royal Air Force rolled out its camouflage and decoy strategy, all Transport was ‘toned down’ to be less conspicuous from the air; dull green became the order of the day.

It is not known to which Squadron HOY 93K was assigned, but one can only imagine the brave men she carried as the RAF defended the UK in this Cold War era. Perhaps she served on an Avro Vulcan station in Lincolnshire? What we do know is that she covered very few stress-free miles on stations with low speed limits and accelerator pedal limiters fitted as standard (although it has been disarmed, this feature is still visible). Since the Royal Air Force, HOY has had few owners, the last three being ladies in Surrey, then Suffolk.

In 2009, HOY was treated to a restoration which included fresh paint, new interior, light repair and protection to the chassis, new Sachs suspension, front disc brakes, and 12” Minilite wheels. HOY has been uprated to offer Cooper S levels of performance presented in a very understated exterior.

The Government Property plaque still sits proudly in the engine bay, and this is surely a rare opportunity to own a piece of important automotive history. Charming and not to be missed.

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