1999 Mini Cooper 1.3I MPI

Highlights


  • The final racing edition of the Mini Cooper
  • Exceptionally low mileage 
  • Recent exterior restoration including a complete respray to factory spec 

The Appeal


When the final line of Minis were released in 1999, they were subject to an almost fanatical fanfare. This was an icon - a fashion icon, a motorsport hero, and one of the country’s most iconic pieces of engineering. It was one of the most influential cars ever released, and Rover weren’t going to let it go out without a bang. The 38 year old design was fitted with a Multi-Point Injection system, an uprated alternator and an electronic EMS. 

There were two variants, including this: the Mini 1.3i Cooper. This was an impressive racing edition, stacked out to commemorate the nippy history of Britain’s favourite car. Racing stripes, a sports pack and rally lights made it an instant winner. This car’s attractive Morello Purple & Old English White livery, combined with its excellent condition make for a very impressive collectable. 

The History and Paperwork


  • First registered by Dutton Forshaw in 1999
  • Imported to Ireland in 2002
  • Maintained by the same garage since 2004
  • Impressive level of service history
  • Travelled less than 1,500 miles since 2014
  • Sold to the maintaining garage in 2020
  • Given full cosmetic restoration between 2020 and 2022
  • Kept in original factory specification
  • All records, handbooks and service books included

The Interior


  • Decked out in one of the most acclaimed mini interiors
  • Walnut dashboard and trim with black and beige Monaco upholstery set an upmarket feel
  • Cream-trimmed leather steering wheel with Mini Cooper badge
  • Original radio and cassette player
  • Minor wear to leather stitched gearstick grip
  • Clean, well-kept carpets with no excessive wear
  • Dust in some dashboard seams
  • Clean boot with no visible signs of corrosion
  • Original floors in good, solid condition 
  • No other excessive wear throughout vehicle - a superb presentation throughout

The Exterior 


  • A fresh, thorough factory spec repaint makes for a superb external appearance
  • Morello Purple and Old English White in iconic racing stripe livery
  • No signs of major paint loss, chips or corrosion
  • Hella spotlights installed 
  • 12” Minilite alloy wheels with badge detailing
  • New door skins installed
  • Original bumpers and floors
  • Top quality, professional finish that feels factory-fresh
  • 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 shows very minor signs of use
  • Clean, well-kept engine bay with no evidence of leaks
  • We’re informed that the car drives very well with no mechanical faults to report

Summary


Overall, this is a simply superb Mini Cooper 1.3 - a heavily in demand version of the Mini Cooper, with its optimal spec and superb interior all causing a stir the moment it was released. It’s a true best-in-class, with beautifully redone paint and minimal 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 1999
  • Make Mini
  • Model Cooper
  • Colour Morello Purple
  • Odometer 19,823 Miles
  • Engine size 1275
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Dublin
  • Location International
  • Country Ireland
Bidding history
12 bids from 4 bidders
  • otosan.•••• £8,000 29/11/22
  • repudia•••• £7,500 29/11/22
  • otosan.•••• £7,000 29/11/22
  • hawk.su•••• £6,500 25/11/22
  • repudia•••• £5,000 25/11/22
  • hawk.su•••• £4,000 24/11/22
  • repudia•••• £2,600 22/11/22
  • steve.r•••• £2,500 22/11/22
  • repudia•••• £2,200 22/11/22
  • steve.r•••• £2,000 22/11/22

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