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Know Your Austin Mini

Know Your Austin Mini

'65 Austin MiniCollecting the classic Austin Mini can be a challenge, even for the most knowledgeable collectors. The challenge comes with the fact that it is difficult to actually identify the model and year of the classic British vehicle. Knowing the model and year is important for several reasons, not just to know what car you happen to have in your garage.

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George Harrison and the Austin Mini

George Harrison and the Austin Mini

'65 Austin MiniThe psychedelic 60’s were defined by the Beatles and the Magical Mystery Tour. This album and its pop art cover inspired the design of George Harrison’s 1965 Austin Mini ‘S’. This iconic car was custom built for Harrison by Harold Radford LTD and was originally Metallic Black.

1965 Austin MiniTwo years after the car was given to Harrison, the Magical Mystery Tour Mini was repainted a tomato red color and covered with tantric symbols like the yantras and mantras. There were also several psychedelic images that added to the unique appearance of the car. The Beatles loved the look of the car so much that they used it in their Magical Mystery Tour film. Even though his neighbors did not appreciate it, Harrison also had his house painted in the same style as the red Austin Mini.

1967 Austin Healey 3000

1967 Austin Healey 3000

1967 Austin Healey 3000The brief, 20-year collaboration that was Austin-Healey created some of the world’s finest sports cars, including the 1967 Austin-Healey 3000. The brand came about when The Austin division of the British Motor Corporation joined up with the engineering firm Donald Healey Motor Company. The short-lived nameplate included four different models from 1952 to 1972: the 100, 100-6, 3000, and Sprite.

The 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 came at the end of this model’s reign from 1959 to 1967. Big changes occurred between the 100 and 100-6 models. Comparatively, the alterations from 100-6 to 3000 were minor. The 3000 came out in three series called the Mark I, Mark II, and Mark III. The 1967 Austin-Healey belonged to the latter series was a convertible.