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 Posted: Oct 30, 2019 12:54AM
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Well there's no evidence its not an authentic VIN (yes yes we know its really a (ordinary Austin Mini) chassis number).  I'm not really sure what the rules might be about attaching "incorrect" badges but then if an official agency is making incorrect claims to make a sale then...... 

But then, based on my (pretty extensive) experience with US officialdom, I don't think they're overly concerned with facts....

I suspect they're probably covered by this "what is..where is" proviso that places the onus on the bidder to establish the truth ..and bid accordingly.  If some dummy doesn't check then ..bad luck.

Cheers, Ian

 Posted: Oct 29, 2019 05:48AM
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Kinda Ironic...

 The Government, Selling a 'fake"    Clone of a car. with a non authentic vin.....
  
Shouldn't they just crush it?

Oh wait, they would believe its worth something.

 Posted: Oct 28, 2019 03:14PM
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To make it easier to find, here's the direct link, with more photos and a shot of the wonky VIN plate:

direct link:
Lot 104 | 1964 Austin Mini Cooper

Completed auction results for Mini/MINI Coopers:

https://appletowing.hibid.com/auctions/past/lots/?q=Mini+cooper&cat=

CAUTION - YET ANOTHER SHAMELESS PLUG FOLLOWS:
A similar-looking Mk1 '67 Cooper in Florida that is on our "For Sale by Owner" page is currently on the transporter headed to its new home.

(If you know of other classic Minis that might be available - anywhere from project to pristine, or ugly or unfinished, please contact me offline.)

Now, back to the auction comments...

- Michael "MiniGuy" Lewis / www.miniguy.com / Agoura Hills, (Southern) California USA 91301. Nice - or really nice - Minis WANTED and available, nationwide! 
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 Posted: Oct 28, 2019 08:27AM
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So what did it eventually go for??

Cheers, Ian
The results say "lot was passed" other results  say "price was realized" so i am guessing it did not meet reserve or did not go through the sale due to the vin number or other things.

If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

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make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

 Posted: Oct 28, 2019 08:26AM
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So what did it eventually go for??

Cheers, Ian
The results say "lot was passed" other results  say "price was realized" so i am guessing it did not meet reserve or did not meet their expectations if it was a no reserve auction.

If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

 Posted: Oct 26, 2019 07:49AM
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Auction starts 9 am this morning but the online bidding is at 38K!

 Posted: Oct 26, 2019 02:56AM
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So what did it eventually go for??

Cheers, Ian

 Posted: Oct 20, 2019 09:58AM
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True. Just about any running and driving Mini is worth that but my guess is it that the bid will close a lot higher than $5k.

If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

 Posted: Oct 19, 2019 11:35PM
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But would seem well worth $5K (+

Cheers, Ian

 Posted: Oct 19, 2019 01:53PM
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Bitten by the mini bug in the last couple of months and started tracking this one last week because it is a couple of hours away.

The VIN is not quite right but matches that listed on the legal documentation driving the sale.

If you substitute the misplaced 5 with and S and search that VIN you come up with an attempted sale in 2014 by Motostalgia (although the car seems to have lost some bumper parts since then) and an actual sale listed in 2015 for $33K .  To be fair, at both of these auctions it was listed as a "Tribute S".

As of today the online bidding is at 5K (with a week to go and a live auction next weekend).

Is a '64 "Tribute S" really worth $30K?

Yes if you are buying it with other peoples stolen money...........

Seriously No it is not worth $30k for that or any tribute S imo.

There is so much wrong and incorrect with that car i would stay away from it myself.

If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

 Posted: Oct 19, 2019 09:53AM
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Bitten by the mini bug in the last couple of months and started tracking this one last week because it is a couple of hours away.

The VIN is not quite right but matches that listed on the legal documentation driving the sale.

If you substitute the misplaced 5 with and S and search that VIN you come up with an attempted sale in 2014 by Motostalgia (although the car seems to have lost some bumper parts since then) and an actual sale listed in 2015 for $33K .  To be fair, at both of these auctions it was listed as a "Tribute S".

As of today the online bidding is at 5K (with a week to go and a live auction next weekend).

Is a '64 "Tribute S" really worth $30K?

 Posted: Oct 18, 2019 02:51AM
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Beware.

It may have lots of Cooperish trinkets on it but that VIN is for an ordinary mini- not a Cooper or S -
and that VIN plate is home made, not OEM.

VIN numbers often get mis-read - AA257L5515A should read AA2 S 7 L .......

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 Posted: Oct 17, 2019 11:48AM
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Interesting vin number and other non S / Mini bits on that "Cooper S" Mini.

If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

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