1994 ROVER MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS 1.3 Si

Instantly recognised around the world, the “classic” Mini is without doubt one of the most illustrious cars to be designed and manufactured in Britain. Produced by the British Motor Company (BMC) and Rover between 1959-2000, the Mini was actually conceived out of austerity. Sir Leonard Lord (Head of the Morris Company) commissioned his lead engineer, Alec Issigonis, to design a small fuel-efficient car capable of carrying four adults and yet be affordable to all. Since small was fashionable Issigonis was also told that the new vehicle had to fit into a box no larger than 10ft long x 4ft wide x 4ft high. It was from this challenge that the Mini was born. Amazingly, despite a few minor modifications over the years, the overall concept and design for the vehicle remained largely true to Issigonis’s initial idea. Though small in size, the Mini’s space-saving transverse engine and front-wheel drive arrangement allowed for 80% of the floorplan area to be used for occupants and their luggage, a layout that influenced a generation of car manufacturers.

While the car would prove to be a great example of well-engineered micro design, the iconic Mini persona is really its most enduring legacy. The crowning glory came in 1999 when the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century (behind the Ford Model T) by the Global Automotive Elections Foundation. Awarded merely a year before the final Mini would roll off the Longbridge production line, it was perhaps a fitting farewell to a car which had endured largely unchanged for over 4 decades, had sold 5,387,862 examples to every corner of the globe, and whose honest construction had entered the hearts of us all.

This Mini Cooper was first sold by Rover Approved garage The Chequered Flag (Chiswick) on 16th August 1994 and is presented in British Racing Green with contrasting white roof and bonnet stripes. Notably, the Mini has had uprated engine conversion carried out by John Cooper Garages, thus increasing the power output to around 80bhp. Distinguishing features include a stainless steel exhaust system, Minilite alloy wheels, Cooper ‘S’ decals, half leather interior, bespoke dash with green faced dials, Motolita woodrim steering wheel with engraved John Cooper script and matching chrome door trim and foot pedals.

Spending its first fifteen years as a daily driver, the classic Mini later retired to life as a classic toy and in 2011, was put into dry storage. She was unearthed last year and has since undergone widespread cosmetic and mechanical restoration at an estimated 160 hours of labour and great expense. These works include:

  • Full paintwork (windows out) with new rubbers
  • New clutch
  • New radiator
  • New oil filter
  • New track rod ends
  • New drive shaft boots
  • New rear valance
  • New fuel tank sender
  • New brake pressure unit
  • New front brake disks and pads
  • Full service
  • New windscreen
  • New wiper arms and blades
  • New front bumper
  • New rear bumper
  • New grille
  • Reconditioned Minilite alloy wheels
  • New tyres all round
  • Comprehensive interior valet

The Mini currently displays 79,000 miles on the clock and is in exceptional condition throughout. The exterior has been restored to a very high standard and the uprated 1275cc engine is strong and pulls impeccably. She is sold newly serviced and MoT’d until 29th June 2022 and supplied with a comprehensive file of service history, MoT certificates and sundry documentation dating back to the point of registration and confirming the mileage to be correct. The John Cooper Garages conversion certificate is also present.

Serviced at:

  • 1,000 miles (28/09/1994)
  • 4,165 miles (19/06/1995)
  • 8,307 miles (16/07/1996)
  • 11,615 miles (29/08/1997)
  • 17,258 miles (07/04/1998)
  • 28,241 miles (30/07/1999)
  • 31,577 miles (18/01/2000)
  • 40,675 miles (29/01/2001)
  • 49,788 miles (26/09/2002)
  • 51,265 miles (01/08/2003)
  • 78,396 miles (17/11/2019)
  • Approx. 78,903 miles

This classic Mini is now sold.

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