Lot 261 - 1998 Rover Mini Paul Smith Limited Edition
|Engine Number||12A2LL88 369729|
|Result||Sold - £8,680|
Five million Minis were produced between the revolutionary little car's launch in 1959 and the end of production in 2000 but individuality has never been a problem as there's never been any lack of choice between different models produced over the years. The Paul Smith was one of the most distinctive of a bewildering array of limited-edition Minis produced since this timeless classic's 25th birthday and it was the first edition to cost more than £10,000, retailing at £225 more. Sharing the basic specification with the revived Mini Cooper, it featured the 64bhp 1275cc fuel-injected engine, Minilite-type alloy wheels, full leather seats and that distinctive purple/blue hue chosen by the famous Bristol-owning clothes designer, colour-coded to include the wheel arch extensions and mirrors. With the extra torque from the twin-point fuel-injected engine, it was one of the few Mini variants to be fitted with the tall 2.76:1 final drive ratio, making it one of the most refined and relaxed Minis to drive. Just 1800 were built, of which only 300 were earmarked for the home market, the rest going to Japan although several have since been repatriated.
Registered on 15th October 1998, this well-presented example is believed to have been the demonstrator for Richardsons of Tiverton for the first two months of its life before being purchased by its first owner who kept the vehicle for 18 years. A three owner from new example, the current vendor acquired the Mini circa five years ago and has maintained it to a high standard ensuring all service and maintenance work has been completed where necessary. Offered with many bills and invoices, a good service history, the original handbook and dealership brochure, V5 registration document and a MoT test certificate valid until April 2022. Rarely do Paul Smith edition’s come to the open market and this example offered without reserve should not be missed.
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