Rusty Mini Cooper Stored 40 Years Sold at Auction for $25K

Rusty Mini Cooper Stored 40 Years Sold at Auction

By Gary Gastelu, Automotive Editor

Someone just paid $25,000 for an old wood rack.

It was in the form of a 1965 Mini Cooper S, which had been rusting away in a shed since 1978.

Rusty Mini Cooper Stored 40 Years Sold at Auction

The classic compact car doesn’t run, is missing parts and is an absolute derelict, but is also a highly desirable model that stirred up a frenzy when it was auctioned off in North Yorkshire, U.K., this week.

“Over the years the garage roof had collapsed and the Mini essentially became a shed within a shed, with the boot and rear used to store kindling,” auctioneer Derek Mathewson told SWNS.

Rusty Mini Cooper Stored 40 Years Sold at Auction

Mathewson said it was expected to go for somewhere between $5,000 and $15,000, but that a huge level of interest led to the surprising sale price.

It’ll be worth a lot more if the buyer is willing to put in the work. According to the Hagerty Price Guide, the current value for a fully-restored 1965 Cooper S is over $55,000.

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