Everyone has a Mini story, don’t they? Few cars are as embedded in the national consciousness as this delightful little foursquare slice of perkiness. Great fun to drive, with a cheeky character all of their own, there’s a reason they remain one of the most popular classics on the scene.
But they often fall prey to heavy customisation and modification. Nothing wrong with that, per se, but it does mean that original, factory specification Minis are becoming thin on the ground.
Which is where this lovely little car comes in. With less than 16,000 miles on the clock and a history of careful use and dry storage, it presents in superbly well preserved condition. There are no modifications and it’s in the same specification as the day it rolled off the production line. A rare and unique survivor, we think this would make for a brilliant, useable modern classic that will be most welcome at any show you care to mention.
The History and Paperwork
First registered in August 1992
Two registered owners from new
First owner was an elderly gent who only drove the car locally and always kept it garaged
Second owner is the garage who maintained the car, they purchased it in August 2016 and have kept it in dry storage
The current keeper bought the vehicle about a year ago and has kept it in storage, but never registered the car to themselves
Completely standard and unmodified
Just 15,370 miles from new
Complete with a large history file including the previous and current V5, lots of invoices for maintenance, previous MOT certificates
Comes with a period Rover Mini sales brochure and the original book pack
Current MOT to January 2024
Attractive grey vinyl with grey cloth seats faces and door card inserts that feature red, blue and aqua accents
The seats look to be in fine fettle, with no significant wear or sagging – in fact the rear bench almost looks as if it’s never been sat on
Smart, light grey vinyl headlining, with no damage or sagging we could see
Black carpet runs through the cabin and appears to be in good order with no threading or staining
Manual windows and door mirrors
All of the internal trim and controls wear a light and gentle patina, but no excessive wear we could discern
The boot contains a full size spare as well as the battery and cover
We’re told by the vendor that everything in this charmingly simple cabin works as it should
Original white paintwork, with aqua side stripes and ‘City’ graphics
The vendor tells us that the car has never seen the inside of a bodyshop, and has never been welded
All of the paintwork looks to be in good order, with a few minor chips and blemishes, as you’d expect for original paint of this age, but overall it’s impressively well preserved
The body panels appear to be free from any damage or corrosion and look nice and straight
Smart chrome trim adorns the bumpers and and light surrounds and appears to be in good order, with only some slight pitting in a few places
The rest of the external trim, including the factory-fitted black wheel arch extensions, show very well, with no obvious damage or wear
Underneath, the floors and subframes appear to be lovely and solid, with no significant damage or corrosion we could identify
It’s great to see the car still wearing its original dealer window sticker and number plates
The dinky steel wheels wear silver coloured plastic wheel trims and are shod in a decent set of tyres that appear to have good tread levels
998cc naturally aspirated four-cylinder
Four-speed manual transmission
Nice and tidy engine bay, with no obvious issues and no modifications
We noted some surface corrosion to the suspension and braking components
We’re assured by the vendor that the car starts on the button and drives just as it should, with no mechanical issues reported at all
It’s rare to see a Mini of this vintage presented with such low mileage and in factory spec, with no modifications. We’re delighted that this winsome little car has been kept in such fine condition – we think it’s sure to make its next owner very happy indeed.
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1992 Rover Mini 1000 City E
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