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To the untrained eye it looks any other original Mini, but what you’re looking at is a record-breaker. It’s just been sold at auction in theU.K. for £100,500 ($197,000), believed to be the most ever paid for such a car.

DJB 93B was the winner of the Britain’s RAC Rally in 1965 with Rauno Aaltonen at the wheel, and is the only Mini ever to have achieved that feat. The following year it took top honors at the Scottish Rally piloted by Tony Fall. After retirement it was untouched for 30 years but underwent a complete restoration, faithful to the original specification in every detail, a decade ago. Since then it has taken part in numerous competitions and events, though has still only has 4825 miles on the odometer.

 

The sale catalog contained an interesting line, with auctioneer Bonhams informing potential buyers: “The vendor tells us that the engine is extremely flexible from 3000 rpm and will easily rev to 8000 rpm at which point, he says, it sounds wonderful!”

 

The hammer price was twice the pre-sale estimate of the car’s value, and it’s been sold to a private collector.

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