The ultimate unexceptional Austin Maxi 2 1750L Auto with 9,989 miles.
All steel unitary construction, Hydragas suspension, lift-up full tailgate, underbody protection, wax injected body sills, twin door mirrors, anti-burst door locks, side rubbing strips, removable trimmed parcel shelf, full-width matt finish burr walnut veneered fascia, face-level fresh air vents, twin sun-visors with driver’s ticket flap and passenger vanity mirror, fully reclining front seats, rear seats foldable to make double bed, front and rear ashtrays, cigar lighter, lockable glovebox, electric washers, two-speed wipers, flick wipe, hazard warning lamps, rear fog guard lamp, courtesy lights, radio, twin wind-tone horns. Factory options; Automatic gearbox. Dealer options; Supercover, (expired).
‘Loads better’ as the original sales brochure boasts for the all-new Maxi 2 in 1980 which is certainly the case with this period Russet Brown phenomenally low mileage example! The stunning Russet Brown, (Code AAE), paintwork is simply incredible having had some remedial paintwork due to storage damage and is reflective of the super low 9,989 miles covered. All factory panels are original with minor imperfections, probably as it left the production line, and the tailgate has a few dings. The door shuts and seam lines are in superb condition as is the underside of this amazing preserved example. The Kennings supplying dealer number plates and Supercover windscreen sticker remain fitted. An almost inconceivable rare survivor against unfavourable odds, very special.
The Maxi always was a spacious and super comfortable car and this example is no exception. The fully reclining front and rear seats are famous for transforming into a double bed with vast luggage space and the seats are upholstered in Marle knitted nylon cloth, (Code AAL), in pristine condition. The PVC door cards and deep-pile wall-to-wall carpets are spotless as is the headlining. Traditional British Leyland craftsmanship is evident with the matt walnut veneer fascia and crackle finish plastic as well as the instantly familiar BL switchgear. The steering wheel displays the prominent factory veins found only on such low mileage examples. The boot area is clean with some light damage to the side panels caused by a British Leyland typically ill-thought-out design of the parcel shelf removal! Wonderfully nostalgic and guaranteed to amaze onlookers!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Powered by the British Leyland ‘E’ Series 1748cc overhead camshaft engine fitted with a single SU HS6 carburettor producing 72bhp at 4900rpm, the mechanics are simple and cost effective to run and maintain. All stickers, plates and stampings are clearly visible and a very clean and presentable engine bay is factory original with some ageing to the slam panel. A full stainless-steel exhaust system is fitted. The optional automatic gearbox suits the car well with the unit operating perfectly having been fully reconditioned in September 2020 at a documented cost of £1,920. Splendid!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Full width L specification styled wheel covers are in immaculate order with no cracks and matching 155/80 R13 tyres show masses of tread. The servo assisted braking system with discs upfront operate well and the Hydragas suspension underwent a full refurbishment and recharge in June 2020 with Hydragas specialist invoice to evidence.
The 1980 Maxi 2 was the final incarnation of the model before production ceased in 1981, 12 years after the Alec Issigonis design was first introduced in 1969. This very late 1981 model was supplied new by British Leyland dealer, Kennings Ltd of Colchester, on the 1st September 1981 and has covered just 9,989 miles from new! The first keeper Mr Norman Roe of Colchester, a registered Disabled driver, owned the car until 1998 covering just 5,568 miles in that time. Ownership then transferred to good friend and neighbour, Carol Thompson who put the car on the road after an extended period of storage before herself placing the car in storage with continual SORN acknowledgements from 2004 until 2012. A letter from the Secretary of the Austin Maxi Owners Club to Mr Thompson confirms this car as being only a handful of automatic Maxi 2 being produced. The vehicle was then sold to an Austin enthusiast who sold the car in February 2020. An Agreed Valuation of £6,500 has been issued.
The original Austin service booklet contains eight stamped entries with the most recent being a major service including the Hydragas system at a cost of £868.90 in June 2020 and at 8,772 miles. Absolutely all handbooks, guides and dealership literature are present along with two original sets of keys with Kennings fobs and a 1980 Maxi 2 sales brochure. Even the Kennings Leycare service card still hangs from the rear-view mirror! A separate and neatly organised file of invoices illustrates expenses. An unrepeatable opportunity to buy surely one of the best examples of British Leyland motoring history.
MOT February 2022, HPI clear.
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