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1980 Austin Mini Clubman Estate

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  • Mileage~61,558
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.1L
  • LocationColchester


1980 Austin Mini Clubman Estate

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Dom Ginn
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Marketed as the upmarket Mini, the Clubman estates square nose design fits the estates proportions rather well.

Introduced in 1969, the Clubman could be viewed as a grown-up alternative to the 1959 original. Enhanced with better instruments, plusher velour upholstery interior and more under-bonnet space to accommodate a bigger engine, but it never sacrificed the joy of its classic handling that the Mini was famous for. The Clubman allowed British Leyland to expand on the market reach in the 70s, thus extending its appeal. For a long time, the Clubman estate was somewhat undervalued and even today they seem to live under the shadow of the original model, despite it being an easier car to live with.

Bought as a project car, this 1.1-litre 1980 example has seen much of the rot cut away and replaced with new metal. With a solid base, decent engine and many good parts, this practical little hack has a real charm to it. Mini prices have been going only one way in recent years and this late and relatively well-furnished Clubman not only makes an ideal and distinctive starter classic but has the benefit of a bit more power and comfort than the original.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Dom after meeting Robert the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Bought as a project, I've enjoyed working on this Clubman, getting it to a place where it can now be enjoyed by a new custodian.

The car was taken on by Robert the current owner and his son as a project car, with a fair amount of bodywork carried out on it. They've owned it for the past 5 years, and have been working on it over time.

Captivated by the idea of bringing the car up to a good standard, the five years of ownership have been productive but we have to be realistic about it, and sadly it's time for the car to move on. Robert and his son will be happy to answer any questions you have in the comments section below.

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In the classic Clubman estate shape, this example is a remarkably solid base in good visual condition.

Wheels and Tyres

Fitted with Minilites, the wheels look in good straight condition, without any significant damage. The car also comes with its original steel wheels which will need full refurbishment.

They tyres all look to have a decent amount of tread, good for local journey which is what we'll imagine most will be doing in a classic like this. The off-side tyres do look like they will need replacement, as they show advanced signs of wear. Take a look at the photo and video review to see the detail.


The Clubmans iconic front end has fast become a collectable design that enthusiasts seek out. Fitted on the estate body, the design just seems to work.

This car appears to have retained a number of original panels. You'll see the pictures of the interior stripped out, with Bob mentioning that "just the drivers floor needed some welding, along with the bottom plate of the left side rear door". The structure of the car is good, with no severe issues, although the front wing seam would need careful inspection. The sills appear to be solid, with the floor pan shows surface rust but again looking straight.

The suspension subframe mounts and engine bay appear to be good, with the doors, boot floor and boot well looking solid. The car is free from significant dents with just a dent on the front valance observed.


Finished in a rather striking and classic yellow, the coverage of the paint is good. Some of the paint looks like application of elbow grease and polish would elevate the finish.

The car has been resprayed in past, and you can see some overspray in the engine bay and underside, but the car had been well masked around the window seals etc.

Glass and Trim

The glass is good, with no cracks or chips and the rubber seals look to have been replaced over time on the doors and windows.

The chrome trim is in good condition, with the grille showing patina in line with the age of the car. The bumpers are in good condition with minimal pitting, although the front item is mildly distorted.


Lots of originality when it comes to the interior on this Mini.

Seats and Carpets

Fitted with cloth covered seats, there are signs of wear but they retain their shape and do not display excessive damage in line with the age of the car.

The carpet is complete but could do with a good clean, with the boot item being a little tatty. The door cards are good, with a typical age-related suggestion of wear.


The dashboard is generally good, with some signs of ageing on the vinyl covering but no significant damage. The top of the facia is good with no cracks. The binnacle is solid, with the centre controls showing some signs of wear. The headlining shows a fair amount of wear and discolouration that has come with age.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The aftermarket Mountney steering wheel is good, with the gear stick showing the expected age-related wear.


A well-presented engine bay, with a good solid engine is always a good starting point.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine fired up with no issues, the engine sounding robust with no blowing from the exhaust. The car is said not to overheat, and no unwanted noises were observed during the cold start.

The engine was a little smoky on start-up, presumably due to a lack of regular use. The engine itself is presentable and has seen a good level of maintenance. We took the car out on the local roads for some photographs as pictures, the Clubman completing the journey hassle free.

Suspension and Brakes

The car is said to stop without any impediment, with the brakes up to the task. The suspension is said to be free from any major issues.

The Drive

The car is said to drive well, retaining its typical nimble characteristics. The gear change and steering is said to be trouble-free.

Electrics and Other

Minis are known for their simplicity, Any wiring issues are very easy to fix, the bulkhead-mounted fusebox looks good and dry, so the electrics should be in good order.

History and Paperwork

This Mini Clubman Estate has been a project car for father and son, now ready for the next custodian to take the reins.

The car doesn't come with much in terms of history paperwork but has been owned by the current owner for five years, bought chiefly as a restoration project.

Previous MOT records suggest that it has not suffered from an extensive MOT failure list, which made it an ideal base as a project. The car has not covered many miles since its last MOT in 2014, having been subject to a fairly vigorous regime of repair and renewal over that time. It has a current V5 and is now tax-exempt.

We've actioned checks on; Seller ID, V5C, HPi - The car has a Category C insurance loss mark on file, which is from May 2001.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
28-06-2014 MOT 61,552
25-06-2013 MOT 58,186
26-06-2012 MOT 55,275
Key Details
  • ModelMini Clubman Estate
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date1980
  • CC1,098
  • Mileage~61,558
  • HistoryNo
  • ColourSnapdragon Yellow
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimPlastic/Vinyl
  • Chassis #XC2W2000705269
  • Engine #241798
  • MOT27-06-2015
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • Former Keepers9
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned5 years
  • Key FeatureClubman

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Vehicle Location

Colchester, Essex

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