Lot 210 - 2001 Rover Mini Cooper Sport 500
|Odometer reading||274 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £30,000|
To celebrate the final chapter of the classic shaped Mini that began life in 1959, a limited edition of 500 cars were produced and named the Rover Mini Cooper Sport 500. The classic Mini shape was retained but had the additional benefits of more modern mechanics and trim details. The best quality hides were used within the interior; the alloy dashboard, window winders and door handles were all a tribute to John Cooper. All of these last 500 cars were finished with Platinum silver roofs and stripes; every new owner also received a special gift with the purchase of the car. The most important item, however, is the certificate stating the car is a genuine Cooper Sport 500 which also bears the chassis number and the signatures of John Cooper and Kevin Howe, the chief executive of the MG Rover Group.
There is little doubt that the once-humble Mini has developed into something of a collector's item, especially the more specialist and limited edition versions. After the success sale of the Wood & Pickett collection last year and previous Cooper Sport 500s, it is unsurprising that we have been asked to present, what is arguably, the finest and most collectible example of all. With just 500 examples built and #1 recorded as written off, this makes 188178 the earliest Cooper Sport 500 in existence. The first owner was Rover itself, forming part of its fleet stock and registered to an employee in Birmingham, just around the corner from its birthplace at Longbridge. The second and current owner has kept this near-perfect example in a heated garage amongst his other treasures. Upon inspection, the writer could find no fault with the exterior paintwork or interior finish. The paperwork is up to date, complete with certificate of authenticity and there is even the original dealership advertising document and cherished number plate, 'X500 COO'. It currently holds an MoT test certificate valid until September 2017 and the original gift pack. An opportunity to acquire one of the last proper Minis is unusual, but the earliest, best and most unused, is priceless.
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