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Lot 073: Mini Cooper

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

The original Mini Cooper was launched in 1961 with a tuned 997cc engine that produced 55bhp. A real giant-slayer, its extraordinary agility meant it could easily humble much more powerful cars both on road and track, although it was perhaps most famous for winning the gruelling Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967 (it won the 1966 rally as well, but was disqualified by the French judges on totally spurious grounds). The Mini had gone into something of a decline by the 1980s and new owners Rover resorted to a bewildering array of special editions to try and keep the sales figures above water. However, the re-launch of the Mini Cooper in 1990 brought about a genuine revival of interest in the brand, particularly in Japan. The new Cooper had a 63bhp 1275cc carburettor engine and an even better fuel-injected version was introduced in 1991. When BMW took control over the Rover Group in 1994, the Cooper stayed in production and build quality went up along with more luxurious interiors trimmed in leather and equipped with a driver airbag. The last Mini Cooper was built in October 2000. First registered in October 1998, this particular Mini Cooper has had just two owners to date and has covered less than 11,800 miles from new. Presented in most unusual Almond Green with white stripes and a white roof, it also has a full-length electrically operated fabric sunroof which was a factory option when new. It also benefits from a walnut dash, green leather seats, Sony CD player, alloy wheels and a driver airbag. The current lady owner acquired the car in 2003 with just 1,000 miles on the clock and has maintained it religiously ever since, always keeping it garaged and properly serviced (it has no fewer than 10 service stamps in the book to date, the last less than 100 miles ago in November 2011). In very good condition throughout and said to drive beautifully, it has an MOT until November 2012 and is taxed until January 2013. The car comes with all its original handbooks, some original sales brochures, the original radio cassette, the original factory floor mats (unused and still in their wrappers) plus all old MOTs to warrant the mileage. A better, lower mileage example would surely be hard to find.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number073
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£8200
Condition rating
Registration numberS256 ORV
Chassis numberSAXXNNAZEXD166452
Engine number12A2LK70375065
Engine capacity (cc)1275
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors