1999 Mini Cooper 1.3I MPI


  • The racing edition of the Mini Cooper 1.3 in Racing Green
  • Very low mileage (22,085 Miles) and very little wear
  • Recent outer restoration including a complete factory spec repaint

The Appeal

In 1999, the final line of Minis were released to huge fanfare, as Rover paid its last farewells to a British icon. This was a truly iconic car, and they were going out in style. The 38 year old design was fitted with an MPI system, electronic EMS and an uprated alternator, creating one of the most technically advanced ‘classic’ Minis ever built. 

This included the impressive Mini 1.3i Cooper, an impressive racing edition that captured the motorsports adventures of the Mini. Boasting stylish racing stripes, a sports pack and rally lights, the result was a real head-turner. This Racing Green livery completes the look for an authentic heritage appearance. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered by Dutton Forshaw 1 August 1998
  • Imported to Northern Ireland 1998 by Ulster Garages for the family
  • Imported to Ireland 18 Oct 2002
  • One owner since 1998
  • Maintained by the same garage since 2004
  • Impressive level of service history
  • Travelled less than 418 miles since 2015
  • Sold to its garage in 2020
  • Given full outer restoration between 2020 and 2022
  • Kept in original factory specification
  • All records, handbooks and included
  • Service book sadly mislaid by previous owner who is still searching for it

The Interior

  • Decked out with walnut dashboard and black and beige Monaco upholstery
  • Leather steering wheel with Mini Cooper badge
  • Cream stitched leather accents throughout
  • Original fittings include cassette player and radio
  • Some wear to leather stitched gearstick grip
  • Carpets are well-kept with no clear sign of wear
  • Dashboard seams are slightly dusty due to light use
  • Boot in excellent condition with no signs of corrosion
  • Original floors in good, solid condition 
  • Only very slight wear throughout, in line with the vehicle’s low mileage

The Exterior 

  • A recent repaint to factory spec with fresh decals makes for a superb exterior
  • British Racing Green under Old English White - one of the most famous colours for the Mini Cooper
  • Very clean paintwork with no clear signs of chips, scuffs or paint loss
  • 12” Minilite alloy wheels with badge detailing
  • Replacement door skins
  • Aftermarket Hella spotlights installed
  • Original bumpers and floors, all in good clean condition
  • Top quality, professional finish throughout by specialists
  • Owner informs us that this car hasn’t been driven on salted roads since 2002
  • We’re informed that the underside of the vehicle shows no major signs of corrosion

The Mechanics 

  • Original factory spec throughout 
  • 1.3i engine presents well within a clean engine bay
  • We’ve been informed of no leaks or minor faults with the vehicle
  • We’re informed that the car drives very well with no mechanical faults to report


Overall, this is a simply superb Mini Cooper 1.3, and a real ambassador for that final line of top-spec minis. It’s a true original, with a beautiful cosmetic restoration in hand and none of the corrosion that British roads often generate in these quirky little cars.

A nippy engine, an iconic shape, and beautiful paintwork. It’s an unmissable opportunity to add an iconic car to your garage. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1998
  • Make Mini
  • Colour British Racing Green
  • Odometer 22,085 Miles
  • Engine size 1275
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Dublin
  • Location International
  • Country Ireland
Bidding history
14 bids from 9 bidders
  • neil.sm•••• £7,900 07/12/22
  • Richard•••• £7,700 07/12/22
  • cathal.•••• £7,600 07/12/22
  • neil.sm•••• £7,500 07/12/22
  • cathal.•••• £7,100 07/12/22
  • neil.sm•••• £7,000 07/12/22
  • MiniTho•••• £6,500 07/12/22
  • james.h•••• £6,000 03/12/22
  • optio_1•••• £5,400 02/12/22
  • 675ltlo•••• £5,000 01/12/22

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