NEC Classic Motor Show 2016: Mini raises £13,000 for charity
A 1969 Mini raised just shy of £13,000 for charity when it sold at auction over the weekend. The car, which had been restored by the MG Owners Club, was sold at the Silverstone Auctions sale on Saturday, 12 November, at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with funds going to Prostate Cancer UK.
Following an intense bidding war, the car was sold to Mr Davies from Wales, who bought the car as a Christmas present for his wife. First introduced to the public in November 2015, the 1969 Morris Mini Super Deluxe, affectionately named Margo, underwent a sympathetic restoration to return her to her former glory. Lead by the experts at the MG Owners’ Club Workshop, the work lasted seven months and she was in fine fettle for the auction.
Richard Morley, divisional head at Lancaster Insurance, said, ‘Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men with 47,000 men diagnosed every year in the UK and with many of our customers fitting this profile, this project was incredibly important to us. The auction was electrifying and we’re thrilled that Mr Davies was so passionate about being Margo’s new owner that he travelled all the way from Wales to Birmingham, and back again, in one day to be there.’
Mr Davies, Margo’s new owner, said, ‘As soon as I saw Margo in the press I knew she would be a perfect Christmas gift for my wife. I travelled to the show especially to bid for Margo and to say I’m thrilled that we’re the new owner is an understatement, she is a true classic beauty. Knowing the money goes to a good cause, tops it off!’
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