1990 Mini 'Flame Red' Edition, John Cooper Garages upgrade


  • Flame Red special edition
  • Original John Cooper twin-carburettor kit fitted
  • Mechanically improved for extra performance

The Appeal

A rare and delightful special edition of the Mini, this Flame Red edition is in superb condition inside and out, and has benefited from being fitted with John Cooper twin carburettors when new. It even comes with the original invoice from John Cooper Garages invoice, showing that this upgrade cost £972 back in 1990. 

The car retains its fabulous original ‘crayon’ upholstery and even has Cooper steering wheel, pedals and gear knob. The exterior features ‘Flame Red’ branding which looks great on the well preserved red paintwork. 

So this Mini really is a superb example of a well sorted car, with desirable original tuning and more recent mechanical upgrades. It will certainly perform well and should be an absolute riot to drive. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 23rd August 1990
  • MOT valid until December 2023
  • No MOT advisories
  • Seven former keepers
  • Limited ‘Flame Red’ edition
  • Original sales brochure included, showing the John Cooper twin-carb conversion
  • The conversion kit consists of twin SU carburettors, a polished, flowed cylinder head and performance exhaust system
  • Supplied by Mann Egerton of Norwich, who also fitted the Cooper conversion
  • The invoice from Cooper Garages to Mann Egerton is included in the history file 
  • Original COOPER badge identifies this to be a modified car
  • Only 1,200 miles have been covered in the past eight years
  • The car has reportedly been stored in a dry garage since then
  • V5C in vendor’s name
  • Extensive invoices on file for parts and servicing

The Interior

  • Superb original interior
  • The upholstery remains in excellent condition
  • Original ‘crayon’ seat fabric
  • The seats show little sign of use 
  • Carpets very clean and tidy with ‘Mini’ branded overmats
  • Moto-Lita ‘Cooper’ steering wheel
  • John Cooper alloy pedal set and gear knob
  • Spacious boot to the rear, with single petrol tank, battery and full size spare wheel
  • New tinted glass fitted all round
  • New headlining 

The Exterior 

  • Mini ‘Flame Red’ decals throughout 
  • The matching red paintwork appears to be in excellent condition 
  • Recently painted white roof
  • The car has previously received substantial bodywork repairs, and it looks to remain very good indeed 
  • The vendor reports that there is no corrosion showing, other than some slight bubbling to the seams under the headlights, but none on the scuttle ends
  • Current owner has had small blemishes rectified
  • The underside was reportedly protected with WaxOyl in 2022
  • There is a little surface corrosion showing on some of the running gear 
  • The car runs on smart white powder-coated alloy wheels, which are in excellent condition 
  • Chrome trim all present and correct
  • Lamp lenses clear and bright 

The Mechanics 

  • 998cc A series engine 
  • John Cooper twin carburettor conversion 
  • Swiftune SW5-07B camshaft was fitted in 2018
  • Quoted figures for the Cooper conversion, without the upgraded camshaft, are 0-60 in 12.6 seconds, and 60PS at 6,000rpm, with max torque of 87Nm at 3,500rpm
  • The vendor tells us that work completed during the current owner's tenure — using established Mini specialists Paul Preston Classic Restoration, Southam Mini Metro Centre, MiniSpeed and Rob Walker Performance Engineering — is:
    • Complete head overhaul (Rob Walker Engineering: degrease/bead blast head, remove and refit valve guides, reface valves, recut valve seats three-angle, reface head, refit values, bronze valve guides)
    • Converted to electronic ignition (Southams)
    • New clutch (Southam Mini Metro Centre)
    • Swiftune SW5-07B cam (Southams)
    • Adjustable hi-los (MiniSpeed)
    • New drums, pads, vented discs (MiniSpeed)
    • New water pump


In all, this Flame Red edition Mini is a rare and excitingly specified example of everyone’s favourite classic car. And the mechanical upgrades which this car has received will make it great fun to own and drive. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1990
  • Make Rover
  • Model 'Flame Red' Edition
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 68,871 Miles
  • Engine size 998
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
15 bids from 9 bidders
  • H5BDD £7,500 12/06/23
  • scott.m•••• £7,250 12/06/23
  • H5BDD £7,000 12/06/23
  • scott.m•••• £6,250 12/06/23
  • H5BDD £6,000 12/06/23
  • scott.m•••• £4,950 12/06/23
  • hugh-bo•••• £4,750 12/06/23
  • scott.m•••• £3,950 12/06/23
  • Pkhardm•••• £3,750 11/06/23
  • MiniTho•••• £3,500 11/06/23

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