A 1971 Austin 1300 Super Deluxe with a mere 9300 miles on the clock has come onto the market for £6995. The luxury 4-door model is described as being one of the lowest-mileage, finest examples on sale. Finished in Lime Flower, the car is in timewarp condition and the vendor describes the car as original and totally rust-free with unmarked navy interior. Steve Hill, of Thornfalcon Classics, told CCW: It drives like a new car and smells like a new car. There can’t be many left which could compare with this one.”
The car was registered to its first owner in 1971, but was then sold back to the garage because the owner found it too small. It then adorned the same showroom until September 2006, when it was passed to its second owner. There it remained until being discovered by Thornfalcon Classics in October 2010, which quickly bought the little Austin with only 9116 miles on the clock. After two years of ownership the car has now found its way back to Thornfalcon Classics, which has once again put it up for sale.
Undoubtedly, £6995 is strong money for an Austin 1300, but Thornfalcon’s confidence in its ability to resell the car speaks volumes about the market’s appetite for low-mileage, mint condition cars - regardless of marque.
By GREG MACLEMAN