1996 Rover Mini Cooper 1.3


  • 1275cc Mini Cooper with lesser-seen automatic transmission
  • Best-of-British spec with racing green paintwork and handsome two-tone interior
  • Valid MOT until July 2024
  • Ex-Japanese import with air conditioning 

The Appeal

The legendary Mini Cooper met a golden era in the 1990s. Unlikely it may have been, but in an age of Britpop and Cool Britannia, the now distinctly old-fashioned little motor had become a fashion icon - and still managed to attract plenty of admiration from the road-going public for excellent handling and surprising levels of performance.

This was particularly true in Japan, where during the 90s, Anglo-obsession was riding high. As a result, a huge stack of Minis were sent to the East from British soil, fitted with customary air-conditioning to suit Japanese tastes.

Steadily, over the past fifteen years, these cars have been arriving back on their home soil, free of corrosion thanks to Japan’s salt-free roads, in simply excellent order. This is one of those - and what a looker it is. Wrapped in the car’s near-ubiquitous racing green livery with four fog lamps and a handsome period interior, it’s a true best-of-British example.  

The History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1996
  • One of thousands of Minis sent to the Japanese market
  • Returned to the UK in 2015
  • In current ownership since 2020
  • The car currently indicates 33,572 miles on a five-figure odometer 
  • This can’t be verified, though low mileage is characteristic of Japanese Minis
  • The car has a valid MOT until July 2024
  • Paperwork file includes:
    • V5c document
    • MOT certificates 
    • Some invoices for work carried out in 2017 and 2018

The Interior

  • Impressive interior with desirable two-tone half-leather seats
  • Seats are free of rips, tears and marks
  • Highly kept throughout
  • Door cards carry some light signs of sag and some wear to the trim
  • Highly original with a walnut dashboard
  • We note that the binnacle may be a different age, due to the change in hue
  • All instruments are clean and well-kept with no reported faults
  • We understand the air-conditioning to be working well
  • The car’s original stitch-trimmed steering wheel is in good order 
  • Carpets and headlining are clean and well-kept
  • Boot is solid and well-kept with a toolkit and spare wheel

The Exterior 

  • Ever-iconic, the Mini is one of the most recognisable cars in history
  • Panel fit is good with no unseemly gaps
  • Some blistering and paint loss to the driver’s side door
  • Some wear and corrosion to the sills
  • Blistering is visible on the boot door, though nothing too significant
  • Elsewhere, the bodywork is in good order
  • Painted in British Racing Green with white roof, coachline, mirrors and stripes
  • Paintwork is largely in excellent condition with a good, clean shine
  • The white accents, trims and branding all present well
  • The brightwork is nicely kept with only light patina
  • Glasswork and lenses are all in good order with no cracks or fractures
  • The car is sitting on its original branded alloys, which present well
  • Shod in a sent of Powertrac Citytour tyres which have plenty of tread
  • Underneath, it’s clear that the chassis has benefited from salt-free Japanese roads
  • We can spot only light signs of surface corrosion

The Mechanics 

  • Powered by a 1275cc A-Series i4 powerplant
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Engine bay presents well with only minor wear
  • The vendor notes that it cut off recently while driving
  • He believes the Mini may need a good service
  • The car hasn’t been driven much over the past two years
  • Valid MOT until July 2024 with no advisories 
  • We’ve no reports of leaks, knocks, bangs or smoke
  • The car is reportedly starting first time with zero fuss


With its top-notch specs, attractive trim and impressive condition, we’ve no doubt this Mini will get plenty of interest. This is an excellent all-rounder - and a perfect pick of daily driver, to boot. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1996
  • Make Rover
  • Model Mini Cooper
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 33,572 Miles
  • Engine size 1275
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Birmingham
  • Location West Midlands
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
5 bids
  • GEOMEC £5,200 24/09/23
  • CheeseO•••• £5,100 24/09/23
  • aviani-•••• £4,600 24/09/23
  • Perry C•••• £4,500 21/09/23
  • boxer_f•••• £1,000 21/09/23

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