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Lot 158: Rover Mini Cooper Sports Pack

Classic - Collectors and Sports Cars, Barons (28 October 2013)

March 1999(T) Cooper Sportspack converted in 2000 (at 9,500 miles) to a T-Bar Cabriolet by Dave Champion of Auto Design (Kent). Dave Champion first specialised in producing the Mini T-Bar Cabriolet in 1980 but has converted everything from the practical Fiat Panda to the stately Rolls-Royce. HISTORY After visiting all the established Mini dealers over several weeks the vendor arrived at Auto Design the day that this car (then registered T257 AKN) arrived from British Car Auctions at nearby Paddock Wood. The vendor was told in advance that the car had some panel damage and could see immediately that it was a perfect choice for the planned conversion. With Mini production soon to coming to an end, it seemed wrong to extensively convert a brand new car. Following the completion of the bodywork and interior changes, an insurance valuation of �7,850 was agreed and this has since increased to a current figure of �10,000. This unique car was maintained by John Cooper Garages until their closure. The car has been little used over the past few years but is kept serviced, taxed and MOTd. This was to be a 'forever' car, to be passed on through the family but the vendor had the chance to buy a very rare Wood & Pickett Margrave Mini and couldn't let the opportunity pass. However, he cannot justify keeping both cars so, very reluctantly, the cabriolet has to go. The sale includes the unique registration plate (valued at �1,000) and a substantial history file. KEY FEATURES: " Jaguar Cream folding roof with black and cream tonneau cover to match seats etc. " British Racing Green body with cream detailing to match roof. " Under 25,000 miles. " Kenwood Radio/CD with four speakers. " All badges professionally changed to Mini Sooper. " Driver's armrest, full centre console, door pockets and rear headrests.

Lot Details
Auction Classic - Collectors and Sports Cars
Barons, Esher Hall Sandown Park Exhibition Complex Surrey. UK
TypeCar
Lot Number158
Estimate£5000-£6000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£5000
Year1999
Condition rating2
Registration numberM500 PER
Mileage-
Chassis numberSAXXNNAZEXD171760
Engine number12A2LK703811782
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors