One of the last Minis made at the historic Longbridge plant, the 2001 registered car was the last original Mini to be sold new in Scotland and has covered just 182 miles. The car, estimated at between £14,500 and £16,500, was purchased new at Rover dealership McRae and Dick in Inverness by a private collector. The car was then taken to Orkney, lovingly placed in storage in a heated garage for 12 years, before being sold to the current owner. With only one registered keeper the car is sold in ‘as new’ condition.

Amazingly the car retains its original paper stickers on the alloy wheels as well as its first tax disc and original key fob. So well preserved is the car, that even a complimentary service voucher from the original dealer that was never redeemed is included in the history file. A high spec model, the Mini also has rare features such as an electric sunroof.

Auction Manager of CCA, Joe Watts, said: “We are delighted to be selling this last of the line Mini in our first ever sale. This rare find is in amazing, untouched condition and is surely an exciting prospect for all Mini collectors out there.”

More than 80 classic cars will be on offer in CCA’s first sale. Classic car expert Quentin Willson will be hammering away the first lot as well as offering advice in a talk on how to buy a classic at auction.

CCA is also running an exclusive prize draw at the launch sale. All those who register to bid will be in with a chance of winning an Aston Martin driving experience plus dinner and overnight stay for two at luxury hotel and spa, Fawsley Hall in Northamptonshire.

Viewing of all the cars in the auction will be available from 9am on March 3rd with the sale beginning at 2pm. To find out more about CCA and the special launch sale on March 3rd, please visit Classic Car Auctions