Lot 105 - 1997 Rover Mini Cooper
|Odometer reading||98,552 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
John Cooper was well known for his involvement, with his father Charles, in developing the post-war rear engine single seater 500cc race cars that ran amok and beat the larger front engine cars of the period. John is also later renowned for his development of the iconic Mini with the Mini Coopers cleaning up in high profile race and rally events in the 1960s and beyond.
Offered today is this 1997 Rover Mini Cooper which was owned by the Duke of Westminster between 2003 and 2008, substantiated by the service records present in the history file, from the Eaton Estate. Today, the Mini looks splendid in bright red and has had some modifications carried out to improve performance and to give her a look of the earlier Mini Cooper model. An RC40 competition stainless steel exhaust is mated to a stage II cylinder head and records show that in 2013, a replacement gearbox with the stronger four pin differential was fitted along with a new clutch. The interior presents well and, whilst the original rear seats are in place, the front seats have been replaced with Cobra bucket seats. The walnut dashboard is good and is complemented by a Mota-Lita leather steering wheel. We are informed by the vendor that this Mini drives well and is very quick. The car comes with its UK V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate valid until January 2017, Eaton Estate service records, an owner's manual and a service book with nine service stamps. The service book also states that the Cooper was off the road whilst in the ownership of the Duke of Westminster. A small package with potential for lots of fun.
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