Previously restored externally, recent engine work
Running, driving and ready to enjoy
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.
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
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
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
Partial engine rebuild/overhaul in current ownership
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
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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1993 Rover Mini British Open Edition
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