1994 Rover Mini Cooper Monte Carlo


  • Lovely example of a rare Mini special edition
  • One of 200
  • Only known example in Old English White
  • Stage 3 head, Maniflex exhaust and manifold
  • Bare metal respray and replacement subframe


Three decades after his giant-killing exploits at the Monte Carlo Rally made Mini rally driver Paddy Hopkirk a household name, he returned to the event to do it all again.

To mark the occasion Rover Group, which was enjoying a whole new-found popularity for the original Mini thanks to the 1990 launch of the Cooper models, decided to mark the occasion with a special edition. The Mini Cooper Monte Carlo was based on the Copper 1.3i and was built in a run of just 200 cars, offered only in Flame Red or Black with a white roof, and featuring unique badges, a special red and cream interior, four rally-style driving lamps and 12-inch Minilite-style alloys, shrouded with wider than normal extended arches.

This one was registered in June 1994 and was originally a black Monte Carlo, but following a full bare metal respray the previous keeper reversed the colours to white with a black roof, making this the only known Monte Carlo in rather fetching Old English White. It’s a lovely restoration, presented in really smart overall condition.


  • UK V5C 
  • MOT February 2024
  • Extensive history file documenting restoration works with photographs and receipts, including £1000s of parts invoices from well-known Mini specialists
  • Service book stamped to 64,500 miles in 2004 and then again at 97k in 2020, after complete engine rebuild by Jonspeed Engineering
  • Original book pack and handbooks
  • Previously featured in Mini Magazine
  • Letter from previous owner documenting all works carried out during their ownership


  • All original seats, trim and carpets
  • Red and cream part-leather upholstery with matching red door cards and carpets
  • Original Monte Carlo special edition floor mats
  • Aftermarket CD stereo upgrade
  • Three-spoke leather-bound sports steering wheel
  • Walnut dash in good order, with a couple of minor cracks


  • Full bare metal respray in Old English White
  • New Heritage subframe
  • New wings during rebuild
  • Replacement bonnet, scuttle panel, A-panels, door skins and boot lid 
  • 12-inch Minilite-style alloy wheels in good order
  • Gloss black wheel arch extensions
  • Appears structurally very good
  • No obvious signs of any corrosion in all the usual mini areas – headlight seams, A-pillars, boot floor corners, rear quarters and sill areas all appear to be in very good condition
  • Very presentable order but not concours


  • A+ block bored +.020, fitted with new core plugs and oil gallery plugs
  • 1,293cc capacity
  • AE 21253 pistons fitted to A+ balanced rods
  • Crank reground and polished, Vandervell bearings used - Mains (VP91886), Big ends, 1,275 thrust washer set and balanced with flywheel and clutch assembly. 
  • Kent Camshaft with new cam bearings and followers
  • Duplex timing gear kit upgrade
  • SPI clutch with solid centre clutch plate
  • Stage 3 ported and polished cylinder head with 36mm inlet valves and 31mm exhaust valves and lead-free valve inserts
  • Exhaust seats and new valve guides 
  • Fully reconditioned A+ gearbox 
  • Differential rebuilt with new competition diff pin 
  • Heavy duty adjustable front suspension arms, new grooved and drilled front discs and tuff pads, ball joints, track rod arms, mini fin rear drums, pads and cylinders
  • Spax adjustable dampers
  • Maniflex exhaust and manifold
  • The car starts and drives with no obvious faults being evident other than those noted however this vehicle is being auctioned as needing a good going over before any use as there may be faults which are not observed


This is a lovely example of a rare and sought-after special edition Mini, which has been subject to an extensive and expensive restoration with some tasteful and well-executed performance upgrades. It’s in superb overall order and would make a great show car, as well as being one that’s an absolute giggle to drive.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1994
  • Make Rover
  • Model Mini Cooper
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 97,556 Miles
  • Engine size 1293
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Sawbridgeworth
  • Location Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
9 bids from 6 bidders
  • jerry-d•••• £5,000 24/09/23
  • fattyfi•••• £4,000 23/09/23
  • jerry-d•••• £3,500 23/09/23
  • Gary Co•••• £3,200 23/09/23
  • jerry-d•••• £3,000 23/09/23
  • Gary Co•••• £2,600 23/09/23
  • spiros-•••• £2,500 23/09/23
  • Stephan•••• £1,500 20/09/23
  • steve.r•••• £500 20/09/23

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