2002 Mini Cooper S (R53)


  • Early R53 Cooper S
  • Genuine 73,408 miles
  • 'Chilli' pack and choice upgrades
  • Lovely specification

The Appeal

Rapidly gaining a fine reputation amongst collectors and enthusiasts, the early R53 Cooper S benefits from excellent handling and a potent supercharged engine. nice examples are increasingly sought-after too.

This particular example has a fine specification and has been nicely maintained. With low mileage and some excellent upgrades and options, it would make for a fantastically fun daily driver. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something interesting for the weekends, that we feel is sure to be a future classic, then look no further.

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in June 2002
  • 8 owners from new
  • Current MOT to March 2023
  • 2 original keys, owner’s handbook and service record included
  • Service history is a mix of main dealer and independent specialist
  • Last service at 72,869 miles on 9th August 2022 by K&M Auto Technic (a BMW/Mini specialist)
  • Now being sold as surplus to requirements

The Interior

  • Full Panther Grey leather upholstery - all presented in good order with just a little wear to the outer driver’s seat bolster
  • Dark grey carpets with complementary overmats
  • Headlining is secure, with no sagging or damage evident
  • Chilli Pack –  sports seats, multifunction steering wheel and cruise control
  • Rev counter has been replaced due to pixelation (a common issue)
  • GROM Bluetooth unit installed, offering hands-free and music streaming
  • Boost CD radio system
  • Air-conditioning currently not working - believed to need a new compressor
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Front and rear demisters

The Exterior

  • Dark Silver paintwork, in fine condition with some minor blemishes commensurate with the vehicle’s age
  • Subtle colour scheme, with no bonnet stripes or contrast roof, make this a bit of a Q-car
  • Bodywork all appears to be in good order, with no signs of damage or corrosion we could see
  • Minor dent/ripple to the roof where a previous owner used an inflatable roof rack
  • Minor scuff to the rear bumper
  • Original 17” alloy wheels have been recently refurbished and given new centre caps
  • The tyres are a new set of Bridgestone Potenza run-flats
  • Trim, badging, glass and light lenses all present well, with no damage evident

The Mechanics

  • 1,598cc 4-cylinder supercharged engine
  • Clean and tidy engine bay, with no evidence of leaks or overheating we could observe
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Newly fitted Bosch battery
  • New Magnacore ignition coil and HT leads
  • Xenon headlights with washers
  • The vendor tells us that all MOT advisories have been dealt with
  • We’re assured that the car pulls strongly in every gear, brakes keenly and straight, and offers precise and fun handling
  • The vendor tells us that there are no mechanical issues they are aware of


When it comes to modern Minis, the early R53 Cooper S really is the cream of the crop. With handsome styling and that addictive supercharger whine, it’s a truly exciting little hot hatch.

This example presents with low mileage and a good service record. In combination with the unusually subtle colour scheme and high specification, it makes it a very desirable little machine. Whether you’re after a fun daily or something interesting for the weekends, this charming little car simply has to be considered.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2002
  • Make Mini
  • Model Cooper S R53
  • Colour Grey
  • Odometer 73,408 Miles
  • Engine size 1598
  • Town Windsor
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Berkshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
16 bids
  • sh•••• £4,000 24/11/22
  • ne•••• £3,900 24/11/22
  • sh•••• £3,800 24/11/22
  • to•••• £3,600 24/11/22
  • sh•••• £3,500 24/11/22
  • to•••• £3,300 24/11/22
  • sh•••• £3,100 24/11/22
  • xl•••• £3,000 24/11/22
  • ne•••• £2,900 24/11/22
  • to•••• £2,800 24/11/22

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