1969 Austin America

Driving into Summer Online Auction May 2020 - RM Auctions
Thursday, 21 May - Friday, 29 May 2020
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Unrestored Original
RM Sotheby's
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Chassis No. AA2SD34141M. Light yellow over black vinyl. 1275-cc, 58-hp L-4, automatic.

Evaluation: Unrestored original | Sold new in Minneapolis, then stored in the family’s basement garage in Kansas after the hydrolastic suspension failed—which it tends to do. The 29,090 miles showing are stated to be original. Nearly all original paint and interior. Some touch-ups, but overall well-preserved paint. Dents and dings in various places, including a large crease in the right front fender above the beltline. Some of the chrome is pitting. Front and rear window surrounds are discolored. Well-maintained interior, although the carpet looks like it shrank over the years. Original engine bay and underbody. Likely needs mechanical sorting, but the level of preservation is amazing. A shoo-in for Concours d’Lemons when that event comes back, especially with the automatic. Located in California.

Bottom Line: Designed by Alec Issigonis of Mini fame, BMC’s AD016 series was Britain’s bestselling car for several years in the 1960s. It wore MG, Vanden Plas, Riley, Austin, and Wolseley badges, but it’s a rare sight on our side of the pond. Let’s remember that rare doesn’t always mean valuable, though. It’s still just an old front-drive commuter car, even if it does have a Pininfarina-penned body. Its real value lies in the quirk factor of being a remarkable example of a mostly
unremarkable car—and in the fun conversations it will start.

by Hagerty Editor
1 May 2020
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Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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