Lot 343 - 2001 Mini Cooper Sport 500
|Odometer reading||30,270 miles|
|Estimate||£6,500 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,632|
The Mini was manufactured by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2001. The original is considered a British icon of the 1960's and its space-saving front-wheel drive layout allowing 80% of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage, influenced a generation of car makers. In 1999, the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century behind the Ford Model T. Initially Minis were marketed under the Austin and Morris names until Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969. The Mini was again marketed under the Austin name in the 1980's and was offered in a number of limited editions that usually included a special combination of trim and badging.
This excellent Mini Cooper Sport, number 465, is one of the very last of the 500 built to the original Sir Alec Issigonis design and has covered just 30,270 miles. It has had three owners from new, the first having kept the car until 2012. The vendor purchased this Mini about a year ago for his grandson but he has not used it. The car is in its original specification including Radio/CD player, white instruments in an 'engine turned' dash board, alarm and the four spot lights which is a reference back to the Monte Carlo rally days. Finished in Tahiti blue with grey roof and black and grey interior this mini is in excellent condition and is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in July 2015 and a file containing old MoT test certificates, invoices and sales brochures. This is an opportunity to purchase one of the very last of the iconic Issigonis-designed Minis.
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