A 1960 Morris Mini, made famous by Twiggy and Marks and Spencer is up for auction at Classic Car Auctions and expected to fetch £8-10k.
If any car epitomises the 1960s it’s the original Mini – Austin and Morris – and if any one person personifies 1960s Swinging London it’s probably Twiggy.
So put the two together – a 1960 Mini owned by Twiggy – and it would probably fetch a decent premium at a Classic Car Auction. But that’s not quite the case with this 1960 Morris Mini.
In fact this original, unrestored, Morris Mini was bought for a 2007 advertising campaign with Marks and Spencer which featured Twiggy along with a bunch of other famous (well, in the world of fashion) faces including Erin O’Conner, Laura Bailey and Noémie Lenoir.
M&S titivated the Mini they bought with a pink paint job and flower graphics and set about running a campaign to kick their women’s clothing range back in to life.
When M&S had finished with the car (but not Twiggy – she’s still on the M&S payroll) the Mini went off to the National Motor Museum from 2009-2011 in a celebration of Mini’s 50th, before being sold by Silverstone Auctions in 2012 for £9,000.
Now the ‘Twiggy’ Mini – complete with its celebrity and museum profile – is back up for grabs at CCA’s December sale and expected to fetch £8-10k. So it’s not increased in value in the last five years.
It comes with the original engine and gearbox, the titivated paint job and even scale models from Corgi and Scalextric and, although not a completely pristine example, is in generally good condition.
Still, at probably under £10k, it’s a great little bargain classic car with a bit of a celeb profile.