1994 Rover Mini Sprite

Highlights


  • Very low mileage example
  • Drives brilliantly
  • Long MOT until next September
  • Excellent condition


The Appeal


Arguably the most iconic vehicle of all time, the Mini is a car that many enthusiasts and collectors hold dear. 

The Mini helped shape the front-wheel-drive market of today, has an incredible motorsport presence, and has been forever immortalized in automotive history. It’s a vehicle that deserves to be driven by any enthusiast and proves to be an excellent collection piece for many collectors. 

This particular Rover Mini is of course one of the last models produced prior to BMW’s takeover and modern transformation. As such, you’re treated to arguably one of the finer designs of the classic, along with improved driveability and technology. 

This little Mini also shows a very impressive mileage figure of just 38,152 miles and presents itself in fantastic condition here today. 

If you’re looking for a low mileage, brilliantly styled example of the classic we all love, this 1994 Rover Mini Sprite is the one for you. 

The History and Paperwork


  • Partial service history
  • V5C document present
  • Long MOT until September 2023
  • Just 38k on the clock
  • Original booklets included
  • Spare key

This quirky little Mini has covered just 38 thousand miles throughout its lifetime, as supported by the figures recorded on included previous MOT certificates. 

Over the years, it would seem the vehicle has been well maintained with regular servicing. 

Although the vehicle doesn’t appear to have required much in the way of major repairs over the years, the car has had notable welding work within the last month. 

In order to meet the previous MOT fail’s defects, this Mini was treated with repairs to the front & rear suspension mounting components and has since received a clean bill of health. 

Now, this little Sprite awaits its next home, where it will no doubt make a fantastic weekend toy or collection piece.

The Interior


  • 3-spoke steering wheel
  • Kenwood head unit
  • Fitted with an aftermarket amp
  • Aftermarket speakers 
  • On board fire extinguisher
  • Excellent condition
  • Spare wheel included

The interior of this Rover Mini presents itself very well, with only a few very minor signs of wear and age. 

In keeping with the mileage, the driver’s seat shows only the slightest wear, while both the front and rear passenger seats reflect few less use, with no noticeable defects. 

Both door cards follow suit, with seemingly only incredibly minor blemishes. Carpeting throughout the cabin also appears to have been very well preserved, and now shows a near-wear-free finish. 

The headliner, on the other hand, does show notable tears and staining near both sun visors towards the front of the vehicle. That being said, this is seemingly the only major defect within the interior, and can likely be rectified without great cost. 

As keen-eyed viewers may have already spotted from the photographs, this Mini’s interior does boast a few tasty upgrades including a snazzy dashboard, voltmeter, and Kenwood head unit. 

There’s also an aftermarket amp in the boot, along with upgraded speakers on the parcel shelf and behind both front seats. 

The Exterior


  • Two-tone exterior
  • MK7 styling
  • Excellent condition
  • Stainless sump guard
  • Red calipers & drums

Although enthusiasts have their own personal preferences, the Rover design for the MK7 Mini is arguably one of the sportiest to date. 

You’re given the signature side profile, with sporty arches and slightly more square edges. 

This particular example shows off the design well, utilizing a two-tone exterior to its advantage. Whilst the paintwork is believed to be its original finish, the roof appears to be a vinyl wrap, which may very well be removable if the candy red isn’t to your tastes. 

The paintwork appears to have held up rather well over the years, and seemingly now shows only a few minor blemishes. These include the typical front-end speckles, a tiny dent just below the rear registration plate, and slight bubbling near the arches. 

Rounding out the vehicle’s aesthetics, are the ever-so-timeless 8-spoke 13” wheels. The wheels are in great condition for their age, and seemingly show only minor flaking and marks to the lips, barrels, and faces. 

The Mechanics


  • Twin SU carbs
  • 1275cc 4-cylinder
  • Stainless steel exhaust
  • Recent welding completed as per MOT defects
  • Long MOT until September 2023
  • Drives brilliantly

Buyers will be pleased to know that this 1275cc Mini is said to fire up right away, and happily performs exactly as intended, with no known faults. 

In addition to the interior upgrades, there are a couple of mechanical modifications to note too, such as the twin SUs, and the stainless steel exhaust. 

With a long MOT until next September and no issues to note, this little Mini is ready to hit the roads, where it will no doubt impress with its fantastic handling and characterful power delivery. 

Summary


This 1994 Rover Mini Sprite presents a fantastic opportunity to obtain a low-mileage example of one of the most iconic vehicles ever produced. 

This little Mini has been tastefully modified, boasts excellent mechanical health, performs without fault, and now presents itself today in excellent condition both inside and out. 

If you’re looking for a quirky addition to your collection or a little pocket rocket to enjoy on the weekend, look no further than this 1994 Rover Mini Sprite. 





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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1994
  • Make Rover
  • Model Mini Sprite
  • Colour Black and Red
  • Odometer 38,152 Miles
  • Engine size 1275
  • Town Wigan
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Location Lancashire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
3 bids
  • rose.jo•••• £5,500 03/10/22
  • excalib•••• £5,300 03/10/22
  • JoshMay £5,000 26/09/22

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