The Special Edition Mini Paul Smith – An Insight
Instantly recognised around the world, the Mini is without doubt one of the most iconic cars to be designed and built in the UK. Though small in size, its space-saving transverse engine and front-wheel drive arrangement allows for 80% of the floorplan area to be used for occupants and their luggage, a layout that was somewhat ahead of its time and subsequently influenced a generation of car manufacturers. On 4th October 2000, after 41 memorable years and 5,387,862 produced, production of the “Classic” Mini came to an end.
The special edition Mini Paul Smith was released in 1998 in a strictly limited production run of 1800 cars, of which only 300 were earmarked for the home market. All 300 UK Minis were solely available in the Paul Smith blue hue, a colour specially selected by the renowned fashion designer. Each car was built to a distinctive and instantly recognisable specification, to include charcoal grey 12” Minilite alloy wheels, twin spot lamps, 24ct gold enamelled “Paul Smith” bonnet badge, “Paul Smith” rear window sticker, full black leather trim, colour-coded dash with Paul Smith scripted instrument graphics, citrus green glovebox interior and boot liner and a special “Paul Smith” denim jack bag. The Mini Paul Smith featured the 1275cc fuel-injected engine from the revived Mini Cooper and was one of the few Mini variants to be fitted with the tall 2.76:1 final drive ratio, making it one of the most refined models to drive. As the most lavish Rover Mini ever produced up to that point, it also wore a premium price tag, becoming the first edition to retail at over £10,000.
Our Mini Paul Smith For Sale
Originally supplied by Priory Rover on 26th August 1998, our Mini Paul Smith for sale displays approximately 48,000 warranted miles and is a splendid example. According to the accompanying documentation, the car spent its first 8 years as a daily driver before retiring to life as a classic toy, with recurring periods spent in storage.
The Mini is sold newly serviced and MoT’d until 26th May 2022 and also benefits from a new suspension kit, auxiliary belt and headlight adjuster. The car is supplied with two sets of keys and a comprehensive history file enclosing a fully stamped service book, owner’s handbooks, MoT certificates and sundry invoices detailing mileage and works completed.
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Sell Your Classic Vehicle
At PM Antiques, we specialise in the purchase and sale of classic vehicles. Our aim is to make it easy for you to sell. So, what can you expect?
- You’ll work directly with the founder, Phil Mires
- We’ll explain the process and answer any questions
- We’ll pay a fair price – avoiding auction house fees and commission – and we’ll pay quickly
If you are looking to sell a classic vehicle, simply Email Us your photos and covering details and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Please provide as much information as possible including vehicle make and model, registration, mileage, service history, provenance and condition.
We would be delighted to answer any questions you may have about selling a single vehicle, a prestigious collection or whole estate. Please feel free to Contact Us.