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.
The Cooper Sport was the final edition of the classic Mini. Each car was built to a very high specification which included Rallye-style fog and spot lamps, Sportspack wheel arches, 13” alloy wheels, full leather trim in black and grey, chrome bezel gauges and an engine-turned dash with magnolia faced dials. There was a choice of four exterior colours; British Racing Green, Tahiti Blue, Solar Red and Anthracite, each with a Platinum Silver roof and matching bonnet stripes.
First registered on 13th December 2000, this stunning Cooper Sport is presented in Tahiti Blue with Platinum Silver roof and bonnet stripes. She has covered just 28,000 miles from new – a mere 2,500 miles in the past five years – and is in fantastic, rust-free condition.
The Mini has evidently been meticulously maintained throughout its life and is sold freshly serviced and MoT’d until 24th August 2022 with no advisories. All four alloy wheels are newly refurbished and she also benefits from a new alternator belt, hi-los and knuckles. Supplied with two sets of keys and a history folder containing service history, MoT certificates and sundry receipts dating back to the point of registration.
- 426 Miles (13/09/2001) Service
- 1,222 Miles (18/03/2002) Service
- 2,408 Miles (14/01/2003) MoT
- 2,462 Miles (18/02/2003) Service
- 2,791 Miles (05/02/2004) MoT
- 2,816 Miles (10/01/2005) MoT and service
- 9,048 Miles (10/03/2006) MoT
- 20,178 Miles (08/03/2009) Service and new alternator belt
- 20,228 Miles (17/03/2009) MoT
- 21,600 Miles (02/03/2010) MoT
- 22,616 Miles (23/02/2011) MoT
- 23,497 Miles (08/03/2012) MoT
- 23,982 Miles (18/03/2013) MoT
- 24,440 Miles (13/03/2014) MoT
- 25,118 Miles (04/03/2015) MoT followed by new clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder
- 25,628 Miles (09/03/2016) MoT, service and new steering rack boots and rack gaiter
- 26,189 Miles (02/03/2017) MoT
- 27,182 Miles (06/12/2017) MoT
- 27,230 Miles (19/01/2018) Service and new front brake pads
- 27,651 Miles (16/11/2018) MoT
- 27,939 Miles (06/12/2019) MoT
- 28,128 Miles (09/12/2020) MoT
- 28,313 Miles (26/08/2021) MoT, service and new alternator belt, ho-los and knuckles
This vehicle is currently being prepared for sale. Further illustrations to follow.