2000 Rover Mini Cooper S WorksSOLD
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Estimate: £6000 - £8000

Sold: £7,850

In one look, the Mini‘s ageless appeal is obvious despite the fact that it has been around in amazingly unchanged form for more than 40 years, it is a marvel of ingenious design and packaging, has a celebrated race history, and, at the end of the day, it still suffers from endearingly terminal cuteness. Like the original Beetle and Model T, the Mini is one of the landmark automotive designs of the 20th century. Sadly, production of the so-called Classic Mini is finally over after 41 continuous years and with more than 5.3 million served. The new Mini, developed by BMW (the marque‘s current owner) is its spiritual successor. The best way to grasp the meaning and concept behind this all-new iteration is to spend some time with the original, first launched when Eisenhower was in the White House.

It would be natural to not expect much out of a mere 78-cubic-inch engine. But given the Mini‘s light curb weight, this diminutive 1950s-era overhead valve four has more than enough oomph to get the car moving, and indeed make it great fun to drive and an equally competitive contender on the race track. Evolutionary upgrades took place over the years but the basics remain the same.

This particular example requires a little special attention however. It should be noted that this is the rarer 90 bhp model and has covered just 36,000 miles with two owners, a Mr Holman of Surry and his company. It is number 119 of a 250 limited edition special run. These benefit from an uprated engine, wider alloy wheels, a full length electric sunroof, two tone paintwork with Cooper strips and special badging. It is described as good to excellent throughout by the vendor. Complete with V5C, service pack and MoT test certificate, these are the most fun you can still have whilst fully clothed.

Reference Number 43471

as of 5/12/2009

Car 2000 Rover Mini Cooper S Works
VIN 12A2LK70397233