A striking Mini Classic Cooper Sport Pack with just 21,400 miles.
Old English White roof, door mirrors, and bonnet stripes, chrome brightwork, opening rear quarter windows, twin coachlines and decals, Mini winged bonnet and boot badges, halogen headlamps, headlamp levelling switch, heated rear window, cream faced instrument gauges, full width burr walnut fascia, chrome gear lever, beige leather gearknob and gaiter, driver’s airbag, side intrusion beams, perimetric anti-theft alarm with passive engine immobiliser and remote activation, internal bonnet release. Factory options; Black full leather seats facings. Factory Sports Option Pack comprising; Large body coloured wheelarch extensions, 2 driving lamps + 2 fog lamps, sports accelerator pedal, Koni shock absorbers, additional gauges in fascia, 13”x6” Sports Style alloy wheels. Dealer accessories; Union Jack roof decal, ‘John Cooper’ signature on bonnet stripes.
The original Mini warrants little introduction having gained iconic status and is widely regarded as amongst the most ground breaking and historically significant cars of all time. This very late example is finished in its original Solar Red and Old English White colour scheme (code WEN). The vibrant paint finish is simply stunning with a deep lustrous polished shine. All factory panels are straight and damage free with clearly defined seam lines. A new vehicle order form and sales receipt confirms the dealer option of a Union Jack roof decal and ‘John Cooper’ bonnet stripe signatures at a cost of £424.95, still immaculately attached. Even sharp eyed scrutineers will struggle to fault this example which is testament to the exceptionally low mileage covered under cosseted ownership, and only a tiny paintwork blemish to the scuttle panel can be detected. All trim sections, chromework, badges and decals are in prime order. The Quadoptic halogen lights, driving lamps and front fogs are original fitments and fully operate. A truly exceptional example.
Lavishly trimmed, the factory optional full leather interior in Black (Code PMA), is in pristine order thanks again to the very low miles. Natural light veins to the steering wheel often worn smooth on most examples remain prominent but the gearknob colouring has faded slightly. The immaculate carpets have been protected by genuine Mini Cooper velour mats and the door cards are perfect. The cream faced instruments set within the unmarked burr walnut facia function correctly along with all other controls. The correct stereo cassette player with the Mini logo remains fitted. The spotless boot area houses the original steel spare wheel alongside the factory supplied jack in its Mini logo pouch. A stunning classic Mini interior, totally unspoilt and utterly faultless.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The time proven Rover Group A-Series engine used in the final production cars utilises the 1275cc unit mated to Multi-Point fuel Injection to lower emissions and increase performance to a refined yet punchy 62bhp. The delightful and unobtrusive rasp from the factory standard exhaust is a hoot! The spotless engine bay displays all factory stickers, plates and tags ready for bonnet up exhibiting. The four speed gearbox is smooth, precise and a pleasure to use.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Cooper Sport 13in alloy wheels with the correct Mini Cooper centre logo caps remain in fantastic order with only tiny and minimal hairline scratches visible. Previous keepers insistent on originality have specified only factory correct Dunlop SP Sport 175/50 R13 replacement tyres which have ample tread remaining. The servo assisted brakes incorporating front discs and rear drums bring the car to a prompt and assured halt.
This exceptional Mini Cooper has had just two private owners and has covered a mere 21,400 miles from new. The supplying Rover Main Dealer, Dixon Rover of York, pre-registered the vehicle on the 18th January 2000 before selling it to the first keeper Mrs Moira Wileman two days later with the original bill of sale still in the file! The car was cherished by Mrs Wileman and kept strictly garaged until being sold to the second and only other private custodian, Mr William Ward, in October 2012.
The comprehensive history file contains all previous MOT certificates to fully warrant the low mileage, plus a large collection of regular service receipts and maintenance invoices, the most recent service invoice being August 2016. In addition, the Green Mini wallet houses all the dealership supplied literature, handbooks and service booklet containing supplying Rover Main Dealer stamped entries. Completing the history file is an original sales brochure including price list, accessories booklet and even the unique Mini postcards! Two sets of keys with remote fobs are present. A first classic example guaranteed to delight any classic Mini collector and enthusiast alike.
MOT June 2017, HPI Clear.
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