RM Sotheby's Elkhart Sale in May this year will have dozens of pretty brilliant cars for sale. Among them will be a super cute Subaru 360 cop car and it will be joined by this equally neat Austin Mini Pickup, produced in 1972.
The Mini Pickup was originally introduced back in 1961 and was built on the longer Mini Van platform. Featuring an open-top rear cargo area and a tailgate, it was the definition of a coupe utility with its 3.4 metres (11 feet) of length and a curb weight of approximately 680 kilograms (1,500 pounds). A total of 58,179 Mini Pickup models were built between 1961 and 1983.
Gallery: 1972 Austin Mini Pickup for sale
This particular example is from the early 1970s and has its original 1,275-cc four-cylinder engine with dual SU carburettors under the bonnet. Mated to a four-speed manual gearbox, it produces 69 bhp (51 kilowatts) and 77 pound-feet (104 Newton-metres) of torque. Not exactly exciting but the experience behind the wheel should be a lot of fun.
Needless to say, the vehicle is in immaculate condition and even features some nice little modifications compared to the stock variant. For example, the cargo bed is covered with beautiful wood panels and is also the place where the Pirelli spare tyre is stored. The interior is carpeted in red and features leather seats and Mountney steering wheel. We are on the fence about the aftermarket Clarion radio with CD and Blaupunkt speakers but these are probably easy to remove and bring back the vintage appearance of the cabin.