Lot 129 - 1999 Rover Mini Cooper Sportspack
|Engine Number||12A2LK70 381693|
|Odometer reading||28,752 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,600|
The Mini was manufactured by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2000. 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 Mini Cooper was originally registered on 28th July, 1999 and has only covered 28,752 miles from new. However the first owner won a competition for the car to be sent to John Cooper Works in West Sussex for the car to be upgraded to a 90bhp example and included changing the cylinder head which is now stamped and numbered by John Cooper Works. This low mileage example is in exceptional condition and has clearly been lovingly cherished by the previous keeper; the current vendor has recently fitted new brakes, new shock absorbers, new exhaust and four new Yokohama tyres. The British Racing Green paintwork is virtually unmarked as is the cream leather interior. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document, a full years MoT test certificate, the original service books with eight service stamps recorded together with the confirmation of the work carried out by John Cooper Works and an article from MiniWorld magazine featuring T90 BHP. Classic shape, limited edition, Mini's are becoming increasingly desirable, examples such as this, with an interesting history, will attract shrewd investors.
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