Lot 336 - 1994 Rover Mini Cabriolet
|Odometer reading||55,400 miles|
|Result||Sold - £12,040|
The Rover Mini Cabriolet was launched in July 1993 and, depending on who you speak to or which magazine article you read, production numbers were as low as 300, making it one of the rarest Mini's ever to go on sale. In the UK alone, Rover had 700 dealers - this means that most of the dealerships never sold a single car and probably never even saw one! When the Mini Cabriolet went on sale in July 1993, the price at the dealer was £11,995 - quite a tidy sum for a Mini. Fitted with the same 1275cc engine as the Mini Cooper S, the car was shod with 175/70-section tyres on 12inch, five-spoke Revolution alloy wheels instead of the standard wheels. The interior conversion was equally impressive, there was a new-style wood-grain dashboard, door-top cappings and gear stick knob, and fitted with Recaro seats. The Cabriolet was originally only available in two colours, Caribbean Blue and Nightfire Red. In 1994, British Racing Green was introduced. The hood frame was manufactured by Tickford and each frame has a unique serial number.
This one owner Rover Mini Cabriolet was purchased by the vendor's husband from Lex Mead in Maidenhead Berkshire, he went there to buy a Land Rover and came back with the Mini as well. This cabriolet has only covered 55,400 miles from new, only used locally except for a couple of trips to their second home in Cornwall and confirmed by the service book and old MoT test certificates. These also show that the car has covered less than 5,000 miles in the last ten years and 3,000 miles since its last service in 2008 by a local garage to the owner. Finished in Nightfire Red with grey interior and walnut woodwork, this excellent example is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in September 2016, a handbook pack containing the original handbooks and service book. It is also supplied with two keys and fobs and a file containing old MoT test certificates and invoices the last showing a new battery been fitted. This is an opportunity to purchase one of the rarest Mini's built, an investment and an ideal car for the summer.