Author Topic: Minis For Sale on BAT  (Read 216946 times)

Offline BruceK

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1950 on: January 14, 2021, 06:10:09 PM »
The Seller of the black Mk I is now responding to questions, which is good.  But heís a man of few words and he is not addressing all the questions posed.  Which of course is not good.

A few hold-the-camera-on-the-ground-and-point-it-up shots of the sills are all he has provided when under car shots were requested.  Not gonna cut it.  Several requests for videos have been made but the Seller has not even acknowledged then. 

Things are not looking good. 

Edit: I just posted some unsolicited advice to the seller suggesting he behave more like the recent seller of the JDM Mini, not the seller of the Canadian Mini.
« Last Edit: January 14, 2021, 06:32:17 PM by BruceK »
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Offline MiniDave

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1951 on: January 14, 2021, 06:58:45 PM »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D 77.gif

"Thanks for your advice"

His reply....

I can not understand why sellers get upset at requests for information.....I asked for a good pic of the engine number....it's been ignored. Several requests for startup, running and driving videos. ignored. I think he might be worried about the gear noise queering the sale......but I think I would rather get that out right at the front, then deal with the comments.

And these three and four word replies aren't getting it.
« Last Edit: January 15, 2021, 01:12:24 PM by MiniDave »
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Offline BruceK

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1952 on: January 14, 2021, 07:12:03 PM »
He just yelled in ALL CAPS at a question about the VIN, telling the questioner to READ the auction text.

I guess I pissed him off, but that was not my intention.
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville
1992 Toyota LiteAce

Offline BruceK

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1953 on: January 14, 2021, 08:54:46 PM »
And now the Seller is getting a little testy about the VIN.

Unless the Seller changes his attitude this auction will go south and be RNM I think.

Funny thing is, the seller has sold other cars on BaT.    But perhaps Mini commenters and bidders are a tougher crowd?
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2007 Triumph Bonneville
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Online 94touring

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1954 on: January 15, 2021, 08:19:47 AM »
The vin would be a no go item for me.  Not that I'd be worried about registering the car, but it severely loses value.  I loath the red accents too but those can be removed at least.

Offline BruceK

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1955 on: January 15, 2021, 12:55:59 PM »
When the seller chooses to respond to a question, he gives the shortest, most terse, and unsatisfactory answers possible.

Itís like heís in a legal deposition.   

Iím smelling a RNM situation brought about entirely by his stubbornness.

1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville
1992 Toyota LiteAce

Offline MiniDave

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1956 on: January 15, 2021, 01:15:32 PM »
Yes, you'd think this guy had never sold a car before and we should just accept his word for anything.....I really don't understand the reluctance to post at least a start up video.....you suppose maybe there's too much snow and the car is up on a lift?   ;D

There's a red Mk1 for sale now, he did a startup and drive by at 15 mph, better than nothing I guess, but come on folks, where's the fun, excitement, transmission whine - all the visceral things that really sell a Mini?

Now THIS is how you do a car sale video!   ;D

Alfa on BaT

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Offline BruceK

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1957 on: January 15, 2021, 01:43:34 PM »
Yes!  That is how itís done.   Of course not everyone can afford what looks like a professional videography including super good drone footage.  But thatís definitely something to try and emulate. 

That is one sexy Alfa. Only let down by the wheels being too large.
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2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville
1992 Toyota LiteAce

Offline BruceK

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1958 on: January 15, 2021, 01:51:27 PM »
Hereís the red Mk I Dave mentioned.  Presents well and has a 1098 and still has the floor start.

Just an hour into the auction and the seller of this Mini is already 10 times better than the seller of the black Mk I.  I like this car more too.


https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1961-austin-mini-3/










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2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville
1992 Toyota LiteAce

Offline Jimini II

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1959 on: January 16, 2021, 12:50:13 AM »
Yes that red/black car is a nice solid looking early car.
The only things it needs is the under bonnet wiring harness tidied up and maybe discs up front.

Offline G67mcs

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1960 on: January 16, 2021, 01:15:16 PM »
 The red/black MK1 had been posted on the MM sale board last May for 22.5K. Pretty strong for a non-S car although MK1's are all the rage.
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Offline MiniDave

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1961 on: January 16, 2021, 02:05:14 PM »
Especially for one with a non correct engine and drum brakes!  $22,500? I dunno, but I don't think so....

It's a nice car and a good platform to build on for sure, but it never was an S and never will be.

I keep going back to Stan's car, which was virtually brand new - every part of it - with a strong 1275 and all the right parts, and it only brought what, $19K? Admittedly it wasn't a Mk1, but it was such a nice, well done car.
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Offline BruceK

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1962 on: January 16, 2021, 03:43:52 PM »
With a 1098 and drum brakes, that might be $14K to $16k on a really good day to a knowledgeable buyer.   But for someone with stars in their eyes... who knows?

One thing it does have going for it is itís not the black Mini with the mostly-uncooperative seller and sketchy VIN.  So the red car will be cross-shopped and that will help it I think.
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2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville
1992 Toyota LiteAce

Offline Jimini II

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1963 on: January 16, 2021, 10:36:17 PM »
Depending what cylinder head casting is on the red car with the twin carbs (if original) it may be a MG 1100 engine which should help but it is not a 22k car.
You're right with this Mini running the same time as the black one its not going to help the bidding and the red car is already ahead after two days.

Offline BruceK

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1964 on: January 16, 2021, 11:06:58 PM »
So the Seller of the black Mini will almost surely never provide any cold start or driving videos - much to the detriment of the auction.

I mentioned above that he's actually sold cars on BaT before, and the last one was a Triumph Stag earlier this month.  I looked through the comments on the Stag and during that auction people were telling him that as the Seller he needs to get involved and respond to questions about the car.  Of course he did not.  And somehow it managed to sell.  So he's been rewarded for his poor behavior. 

But as I said earlier, I don't think unanswered questions and no videos at all is going to cut it with the Mini crowd.  I am amazed when sellers expect their stubbornness just be ignored by buyers.   

1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville
1992 Toyota LiteAce

Offline BruceK

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1965 on: January 20, 2021, 04:17:01 PM »
A better buy than that red Hollywood car was, IMHO.....

And another black car, this time a Mk1....this one has no chassis plate and is titled according to it's "body number"?

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1964-austin-mini-cooper-5/

That VIN issue may put some people off. But I donít think itís going to hurt the auction. This is a customized Mini that is going to appeal a lot to some people, but other people may not be fond of the color or the various customized details.  Personally, I am no fan of 13Ē wheels and big fender flares on a Mk I or Mark II car.

It does have a 1275 and it is a Mk I so those two things are going to win it over in the end.  Plus it can be registered in California. Unless there is a cranky seller or something negative comes up about the car, I could see this one going in the high teens possibly. 



The seller remained cranky and generally unhelpful throughout the auction.  The car sold for $16,750.  Surely it wouldíve been higher if there had been a video and a cooperative Seller.   

Oh, and a real VIN too!
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2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville
1992 Toyota LiteAce

Offline MiniDave

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1966 on: January 20, 2021, 04:23:41 PM »
I'm always curious where these cars will end up - sometimes the new owner will tell, but usually they don't.....
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Offline BruceK

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1967 on: January 21, 2021, 08:10:06 AM »
The red car with the 1098 is already at $13K with a day and a half still left. Lots of back-and-forth bidding action going on now with some of the same bidders as on the black car are busy bidding for it.

This car could go surprisingly high I think.  Surprisingly high for what it is.  Unlike the black car, itís got a video, a responsive selller, and a real VIN. 
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2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville
1992 Toyota LiteAce

Offline Jimini II

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1968 on: January 21, 2021, 11:20:34 PM »
I'm always curious where these cars will end up - sometimes the new owner will tell, but usually they don't.....

Its heading North to Chicago Dave.

Offline BruceK

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1969 on: January 22, 2021, 03:58:06 PM »
With a 1098 and drum brakes, that might be $14K to $16k on a really good day to a knowledgeable buyer.   But for someone with stars in their eyes... who knows?

One thing it does have going for it is itís not the black Mini with the mostly-uncooperative seller and sketchy VIN.  So the red car will be cross-shopped and that will help it I think.

Well several people definitely had stars in their eyes and really, really wanted this Mini.  A lot of competitive bidding.  It sold for $26,000 !!!     8.gif

As Heritage Garage pointed out in the comments, that used to be Cooper S money!  But someone spent that for a nice Mk I Mini with a 1098 with drum brakes.   Crazy.

The cranky owner of the black Mini must be shaking his head as this one sold for nearly $10,000 more than his.
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2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville
1992 Toyota LiteAce

Offline MiniDave

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1970 on: January 22, 2021, 04:10:29 PM »
OMG!
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Offline cstudep

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1971 on: January 22, 2021, 04:54:11 PM »
Holy crap! It was a nice car but 26k seems a bit unreasonable.

Offline Jimini II

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1972 on: January 22, 2021, 09:56:15 PM »
With a 1098 and drum brakes, that might be $14K to $16k on a really good day to a knowledgeable buyer.   But for someone with stars in their eyes... who knows?

One thing it does have going for it is itís not the black Mini with the mostly-uncooperative seller and sketchy VIN.  So the red car will be cross-shopped and that will help it I think.

Well several people definitely had stars in their eyes and really, really wanted this Mini.  A lot of competitive bidding.  It sold for $26,000 !!!     8.gif

As Heritage Garage pointed out in the comments, that used to be Cooper S money!  But someone spent that for a nice Mk I Mini with a 1098 with drum brakes.   Crazy.

The cranky owner of the black Mini must be shaking his head as this one sold for nearly $10,000 more than his.

Well even after fees that sure beats the $22,500 he was asking on Mini Mania.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1973 on: January 23, 2021, 09:17:26 AM »
yeah, add the buyers fee and it's $27,300
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Offline BruceK

Re: Minis For Sale on BAT
« Reply #1974 on: January 25, 2021, 08:40:08 PM »
Another Mini is on BaT.   This one is a 1977 that has had a 1275 installed and Cooper badges added. 

The red and black theme may not be to everyones' taste.  No telling at this early stage how the auction will go.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1977-austin-mini/

1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
2007 Triumph Bonneville
1992 Toyota LiteAce