1993 Rover Mini British Open Edition

***Vendor Supplied Images***

Highlights 


  • Desirable ‘British Open Classic’ special edition
  • Previously restored externally, recent engine work
  • Running, driving and ready to enjoy

The Appeal


Derived from the 1275cc Mini Mayfair, the ‘British Open Classic’ Rover Mini was a limited-run model, of which only 1,000 cars were produced for the British market. 

Finished in British Racing Green, the BOC also featured a full-length, electrically-operated Webasto sunroof, Minilite-style wheels, opening rear windows, and Beige countryman tweed seating, with leather inserts and matching trims.

A desirable special-edition of an already much-loved and iconic classic car, this particular example was purchased by the vendor in 2019, and restored by this son-and-father duo at home, being re-sprayed and mechanically overhauled. 

Ready to use and enjoy but retaining potential for further winter restoration work, this BOC would make a wonderful light ‘finishing’ project in time for warmer weather, or an excellent classic/retro runabout as it sits, thanks to the extensive mechanical restoration carried out in its current ownership.

History/Paperwork


  • Purchased by the current owner in January 2019 from a long-term friend, with the car having been left in a poor state
  • Full bodywork and mechanical restoration carried out in the current ownership, including a re-spray in the correct British Racing Green
  • The engine has been partially rebuilt during the current ownership, including a head skim, new head gasket, valve clearances checked and adjusted, new carburettor fitted, a new mechanical fuel pump and a new starter motor
  • Alongside the engine rebuild, a new clutch has been fitted
  • Underneath, part of the floor pan was cut-out and replaced, as well as the rear of the sills. The underside has then been protected and cleaned-up, and any other known issues addressed
  • Following the restoration works, the car completed the London-Brighton Mini Run without issues
  • There is no formal history prior to the current ownership, though there are some documents from the current owner’s care, along with a photographic record of the restoration works carried out
  • A number of miscellaneous spare parts are included in the sale of the vehicle 

The Interior

  
  • Impressively original throughout
  • Seats in very good condition, some light wear commensurate with the vehicle’s age and mileage
  • Door cards in good shape
  • The high-traffic areas such as the steering wheel, inner door jambs and shifter display a mild usage patina 
  • Some marks and damage visible to the headlining and sunroof inner lining, particularly around the C-pillar areas
  • The dashboard trim would benefit from some attention
  • The vendor notes that the radio unit is inoperable
  • Additional sound-deadening fitted underneath the carpets to improve drivability
  • Boot in good condition, with no reported corrosion issues, and a small bespoke plaque has been fitted to commemorate the restoration

The Exterior


  • Re-sprayed in OE British Racing Green, and presenting very well overall
  • There is a small dent below the N/S door handle, and there are other small marks such as around the door handles, edges of the doors and on the seam between the wheel arch and scuttle panel
  • The side glass still bears the original registration markings
  • The front grille is original, and wears a commensurate patina
  • At the rear, there are some marks visible to the roof area
  • Other than the aforementioned dent, there is no known bodywork damage
  • All of the requisite chrome trims are present, and new model-specific graphics were applied following the re-spray
  • All four Minilite-style wheels are near-immaculate, whilst the tyres are all date-coded from the 37th week of 2019 and are reported to be in good condition

The Mechanicals


  • Partial engine rebuild/overhaul in current ownership
  • New carburettor
  • Underside given a full clean, protect and overhaul, and remains in excellent condition as seen in the photos below
  • The engine itself, along with the bay, presents in excellent condition
  • The vendor reports that the car drives fantastically, though they do admit the exhaust is on the louder side
  • The current MoT exam - dated 16 May 2022 and valid until 19 May 2023 - shows a clean first-time pass with no advisory items

Summary


Cherished and adored whilst in the care of the current owner and restored as part of a father/son duo, this 1993 Rover Mini British Open Classic Edition has proven itself to be reliable, dependable and bags of fun to drive, and has benefitted from a significant overhaul at the hands of the current keeper, but retains some potential for further aesthetic upgrades/restoration should the next owner wish to do so.

Presented in good condition overall, this ’93 BOC would make an excellent classic daily driver or weekend toy, or a fantastic addition to any classic Mini enthusiast’s collection.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1993
  • Make Rover
  • Model Mini British Open Classic
  • Colour British Racing Green
  • Odometer 72,229 Miles
  • Engine size 1275
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Bordon
  • Location Hampshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
17 bids
  • Helga £5,500 29/11/22
  • Redsam £5,200 29/11/22
  • [email protected]•••• £5,100 29/11/22
  • Helga £4,700 29/11/22
  • EstonCC £4,600 29/11/22
  • Swarren•••• £4,500 29/11/22
  • wilkins•••• £4,400 29/11/22
  • [email protected]•••• £4,300 29/11/22
  • Swarren•••• £4,200 29/11/22
  • Helga £4,100 29/11/22

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