Last Longbridge Mini set to soar at Silverstone Auctions

The last Mini Clubman to leave Birmingham's famous Longbridge plant will be sold by Silverstone Auctions on July 27.

Last Longbridge Mini tunnel
The Mini was used by workers to drive round the huge factory

The Mini was discovered by a former factory worker in secret tunnels beneath the factory, which were designed to protect workers from bombs in the second world war.

The Mini was dumped in the tunnels in the late 1970s after suffering damage during manufacture. It is believed that a storage container falling on it caused the massive damage to its bodywork.

The worker received permission to remove the car in 2012, just before the tunnels were due to be filled.

In April 2012, the oldest existing Austin Mini sold for $40,250 at Bonhams.

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