This one was spotted on Ebay Australia extremely cheap - unbelievable for such a low mileage example. It's VERY hard to find these cars in late model form (1996-1998) - most are the earlier S500s. Hard to say how many would be about but estimate only a few hundred C140 CL500s on the road in Australia (maybe a couple of thousand cars if you include the earlier S500 coupes and the 1992/93 SECs.
Found on Ebay USA in Sep 2019, with a buy now price of $8,750! It;'s never been a better time to buy one of these future classics. At the time of the sale the seller noted: Very well maintained garage kept it's whole life ,interior extremely clean like nobody ever sat in..119k miles runs and drives excellent AC ice cold with all the power options of its time and every button functions like it should,... I don't think it can get any more luxury than this back of its time just wonderful vehicle cleanest one I have ever seen
My 1st Car. Got out of the Navy April 1968 , Purchased May 1968. My ride untill 1988. Sat outside in CT. untill 2010. Shipped to TX. did a frame off restortion. Bottom had a lot of salt damage. Put in 1 pice floor , trunk + wheel wells. Keep her as original as I could. Added Disc Breaks , Vintage Air , OEM options added Tri-Power. Power Bucket Seat, Recliner Passenger Seat , Head Reast's , Rear Power Antenna Reverb, Rear Speaker , Rear Defrost. all OEM parts from a totaled 66 GTO.
This 64 Daytona was offered for sale by auction on the Silverstone auctions website - see the link to the original listing on Silverstone's site here. In the original listing (we arfe unsure whether it has sold), the sellers noted the following about the car:
It's rare to see one on such an exotoc clour - most examples kept to traditional blacks, whites, and greys. This looks great in what we think is Quartz Blue - If anyone knows for sure please let us know. This example of the C140 was advertised on carsales.com.au and through other online sources in Australia, in September 2019. If anyone has history on the car, please contact the author on the button provided so we can update this page.
The Mini LS was not officially released until July 1977. However, with the Melbourne Motor Show held in March that year, a couple of pre-production cars were built in January/February 1977 to showcase the upcoming model. This particular LS is one of the pre-production cars, and is believed to be the car which appeared on the stand of the Melbourne Motor Show (see the final image in the gallery of the LS on the stand).
This LS is a three owner vehicle. The first owner of the car was a mini enthusiast and is believed to have purchased the car off the stand at the 1977 Melbourne motor show. This history was communicated to the current owner by the second owner who was a friend of the first.
Although no official production records are available from Leyland, it is believed that approximately 500 “Silver Blue” LS Minis were produced. The 998 version of the LS was also offered in several other colours including Iridium Green, Nugget Gold and Hi-Ho Silver. All 998 LS’s were fitted with a vinyl roof which unfortunately led to significant rust in many of the cars, explaining their scarcity today.
The door cards in this example are original and check stamped January 1977. The five ROH wheels are original, with date stamps of January 1977. The car comes with the original boot mat in very good condition, and the original tool kit still in its original bag.
The odometer shows 64,927 km, but this is not indicative of the condition of the car. It has been fully rebuilt including the original engine and gearbox. The engine and gearbox were rebuilt using standard bearings and bushes. The car has only done 12,323 km since its complete restoration, and remains in immaculate condition.
There is an extensive booklet of research, communications and images of the restoration and research into the vehicle’s origins, making this example one of very few LS Minis documented from new. Shannons insurance have seen the paperwork for this vehicle and given a substantial agreed value. It was judged the second best mini at the National 50th anniversary show in July 2009 (beaten by the last 1275 LS held by the SA museum). Rather ironic that the first LS produced was beaten by the last LS produced. The car won best original Leyland at the Hey Nationals in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
The car is currently on club registration which is not transferable. However, Victorian custom “998 LS” plates are included in the price, and it will be supplied with Victorian RWC to suit the prospective buyer’s timetable. Offers around $28,000.00 will be considered. Substantial cost has been incurred restoring this car to its current condition. Please, no stupid offers, this is the real deal and there is extensive documentation to support the car’s authenticity.
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RARE 1977 LEYLAND LS 998 – ONE OF ONLY TWO PRE-PRODUCTION CARS PRODUCED.
My arthritic joints are telling me that I need to get a more practical club car, so my very rare 1977 Leyland Mini LS is for sale. One of only two pre-production cars produced in February 1977. The LS model was not released until July 1977. It is believed that there were only 500 of the silver blue LS models produced. There are images on the internet of an LS on a stand at a motor show. This car is believed to be the car, which was exhibited at the Melbourne Motor Show in March 1977. The first owner was a Mini enthusiast and is believed to have purchased the car off the stand at the Melbourne Motor Show. This was communicated verbally by the second owner, who was a friend of the original owner. Door cards check stamped January 1977 and the five original rims are cast dated February 1977. Car comes with original boot mat in very good condition and original tool kit in original bag. Odometer showing 64,927 kms, but this is not indicative of the condition of the car. It has been fully rebuilt including the original engine and gearbox. (Note: engine and gearbox were rebuilt using standard bearings and bushes.) The car has only done 12,323 kms since the restoration. There is an extensive booklet of research communications and images of the restoration and research into the vehicle’s origins. Shannon’s Insurance have seen the paperwork for this car and given a substantial agreed value for the vehicle. Judged the second best Leyland Mini at the National 50th Anniversary Show in July 2009. (Beaten by the last 1275cc LS produced from the SA museum. Rather ironical that perhaps the first LS produced was beaten by the last LS produced). Won best original Leyland at Hay Nationals 2012, 2014 and 2015. Full history from new is known. Currently on club registration which is not transferrable, but Victorian ‘LS 998’ custom plates are included in the price. Will be supplied with Vic. RWC to suit buyer’s timetable. Offers around $28,000 considered. Please, no stupid offers, this car is the real deal and there is extensive documentation to support this. Vehicle will be sold ‘as is, where is’ with no warranties offered or implied. Contact via email email@example.com or 0407 266 688. Vehicle is located in Benalla. 3672.
A nice example we spotted advertised on craigslist in September 2019. This one is a pre facelift car, Being a pre-1996 car, it appears to be suffering from the ASR issues which the seller mentioned in the advertsement. The following was taken from the initial ad on craigslist: Unfortunately It does have 2 issues:
1) Its has a slow power-steering-fluid leak. (Easy fix though).
2) The ASR-LIGHT pops up on the dash when the accelerator is pushed hard.