• Original factory Press Demonstrator car
  • Previously displayed at British Motor Museum at Gaydon 
  • Long term keeper as part of small private museum 
  • Very low mileage of only 6,716 
  • Recently recommissioned including service 
  • Rare opportunity for discerning Mini collector 
  • One of only 1,000 RHD Mini 35s built 

The Appeal 

Here is a Mini 35 that is a little different. If it is familiar to you then that will be because it was the factory Press Demonstrator to launch the model in 1994. 
It’s life since has been rather gilded. It was part of Gaydon’s Museum collection until 2004 before joining the seller’s small private museum collection. That careful history explains the highly original, remarkably preserved condition and the very low mileage of just 6,716 miles. It is barely run in. 
The car is entirely factory standard, finished in Arizona Blue metallic, and retains its distinctive ‘35’ special edition features in highly preserved condition. 
Opportunities like this do not come along very often. With its interesting provenance, very low mileage and timewarp condition, this is one for the discerning collector. It comes to market with recent recommissioning including new battery and service. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 23rd May 1994
  • Original Press Demontrator car as confirmed by paperwork shown in photographs 
  • Used for press work then put into storage at Gaydon 
  • Four registered keepers 
  • Current keeper since 13th March 2017 
  • Vendor advises that he acquired the car in 2004 to put into his private museum 
  • The car was bought from the British Motor Museum at Gaydon
  • Very low mileage is reported to be warranted by the seller 
  • Always dry stored by seller and of course by Gaydon 
  • Last MOT expired March 2010 
  • Mileage on MOT appears to have been incorrectly recorded as varies from displayed figures
  • Factory handbook set 
  • Recent recommissioning with new battery and oil/filter change 
  • Not currently MOT’d but will come with a fresh MOT

The Condition

  • Smartly finished in factory-correct Arizona Blue metallic 
  • Highly original car with very good paintwork showing only very minor age marks 
  • Buyers should expect a well kept 30 year old car with some age-related marks 
  • Fitted with optional Minilite-style alloy wheels and matching spare 
  • Quality Pirelli tyres fitted all round and appear to be in good order 
  • Bodywork very well kept in particular sills, arches and panels 
  • Chromework, lights and glasswork very well kept with no notable damage 
  • Underside is very well kept with no evidence of welding or repairs 
  • Retains its factory Mini 35 features including exterior decals and pinstripes
  • Interior similarly well preserved and complete with multi-colour vinyl and fabric seats
  • Retains its original Rover radio cassette player 
  • Few signs of wear inside

The Mechanics 

  • 1,275cc A-Series engine 
  • 4spd manual gearbox 
  • Based on the running gear of a Mini Sprite
  • Very low mileage which the vendor says can be warranted
  • Recent oil and filter change 
  • New battery fitted
  • No reported running or driving issues 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1994
  • Make Rover
  • Model Mini
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 6,702 Miles
  • Engine size 1275
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Sowerby Bridge
  • Location Yorkshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
19 bids
  • pr•••• £12,250 11/06/24
  • da•••• £12,000 11/06/24
  • Ca•••• £11,250 11/06/24
  • pr•••• £11,000 11/06/24
  • pr•••• £10,500 11/06/24
  • pr•••• £10,000 11/06/24
  • da•••• £9,500 11/06/24
  • pr•••• £9,000 11/06/24
  • cl•••• £8,750 10/06/24
  • pr•••• £8,500 10/06/24

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