1997 Rover Mini Cooper Sports Pack

Highlights


  • Lovingly Maintained
  • Dry Stored
  • Body Restoration
  • Rebuilt 1275 SPI Engine
  • Roller Rocker Upgrade
  • Minimally Used

The Appeal


Everybody loves a Mini Cooper. They are an enthralling little car to own and ‘Freddie’ has been so lovingly maintained and cared for you can be sure he will provide any new owner with oodles of fun and frolics for years to come. Everone has to have owned a Mini at some point in their lives so you may as well buy into one with an impeccable history.

The History and Paperwork


  • Copious Invoices available
  • Stack of previous MOT certificates
  • Body Restoration with Invoices
  • Engine Rebuild with Invoices
  • MOT until September 23
  • Valid V5

Here’s a Mini that has all the care and attention bestowed upon it that a devoted owner could possibly manage. The car has had what you could call a ‘money no object’ maintenance regime. Owned by a Lady Mini fanatic since 2009, the car has not only been serviced as it should but rust has been chased away by changing a multitude of panels and the engine has received a full rebuild. Dry stored when not used and only allowed out on high days and holidays this is a Cooper that will find a new home rather quickly. There is a comprehensive file of MOT certificates and invoices that document this little car’s life as well as photographic evidence of the body restoration.

The Interior


  • Original Seat Material
  • Original Door Cards and Furniture
  • Intact Veneered Dashboard
  • Original Carpeting
Freddie has a completely standard interior but as he is one of the late versions he possesses the wood veneered dashboard and white dials. All the seats and carpets are original and show the right amount of wear without looking shabby. There are no tears or burns anywhere and everything works as it should. The owner has been able to track down an original gear knob which so often is replaced for something trendy. It may be a little frayed but it is right for the car and helps retain the originality. The headlining is good and the car has not been smoked in. 

The Exterior 


  • Original Sports Pack Arches
  • 4 Auxilliary Spotlamps
  • Original Wheels
  • Checkered Roof
  • Several Replacement Panels
  • Resprayed in 2010

The overall finish of the car is good and retains a nice deep gloss from its respray in 2010. It is not without a few stone chips and scratches here and there but there does appear to be a distinct lack of rust on the major panels. Freddie has been left standard where possible and still wears the original Minilite style rims which are in great condition. The bumpers and grille are all still nice and bright and the row of spot lamps does set the car off nicely. The owner has a spare pair of external door handles to go with the car even though the originals are in good order and serviceable.

The Mechanics 


  • Rebuilt 1275cc Engine
  • Single Point Injection
  • Upgraded Roller Rockers
  • Copious amount of Invoices on file
  • Excellent Service History

Freddie is a great-looking Cooper, finished in green metallic with wide arches and those distinctive spot lamps. Under the skin, he has been kept pretty much as the factory intended and has been maintained extremely well. The 1275cc Single Point Injection engine enjoyed a rebuild before 2009 which included the fitment of a set of roller rockers. The engine sounds crisp and throaty, particularly with that sporty centre exit exhaust system. 

There has been ongoing maintenance over the last 15 years and Freddie has wanted for nothing. The respray in 2010 included replacing rusty panels with Heritage items and the whole car has been Waxoyled and undersealed.

Summary


The Rover Mini is just as popular now than ever with a huge network of specialised manufacturers and dealers of just about anything your Mini could ever need or want. Freddie has been treated exceptionally well by his Lady owner over the last 13 years. He has been her pride and joy and has been entered into the London to Brighton Mini Run for many years.

Kept covered in the garage when not in use, Freddie has managed to escape the harsher conditions and only comes out when the sun shines. As the rather significant history file shows, Freddie has had everything he needed to remain in this great overall condition. Everyone loves a Mini and it is obvious that this one has indeed been loved. So, if there’s someone out there that can keep Freddie in the lifestyle that he has become accustomed to, get bidding.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1997
  • Make Rover
  • Model Mini Cooper Sports Pack
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 87,736 Miles
  • Engine size 1275
  • Town Leominster
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Herefordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
26 bids
  • Kb•••• £9,500 09/10/22
  • fi•••• £8,600 09/10/22
  • Kb•••• £8,400 09/10/22
  • fi•••• £8,100 09/10/22
  • Kb•••• £7,900 09/10/22
  • qu•••• £7,700 09/10/22
  • ne•••• £7,500 09/10/22
  • qu•••• £7,300 09/10/22
  • hu•••• £7,000 09/10/22
  • k.•••• £6,700 09/10/22

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