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1997 Mini Cooper Auto

Vendor supplied photos 


  • Right-hand drive, automatic Japanese import
  • Just 52,095 kilometres indicated
  • Equipped with air-conditioning
  • Reconditioned interior, new brakes and oil service recently completed

The Appeal

As an early adopter of the transverse engine and front-wheel drive, the Mini quickly became the definitive compact car, influencing manufacturers the world over to this day. Amongst its biggest fans were the Japanese, themselves bastions of the small vehicle formula with their innovative ‘Kei car’ movement. 
This 1997 Rover Mini was imported from Japan and now resides in Guernsey. It features several unusual features popular in the Japanese market including air conditioning and an automatic gearbox. The vendor has spent considerable sums refurbishing the interior and overhauling the mechanicals, making this a smart example ready to enjoy as is or become the basis for further improvement.

The History and Paperwork

  • Originally supplied to Japan in right-hand drive
  • Now registered in Guernsey
  • Acquired by the vendor in early 2023
  • The vendor is willing to assist with delivery to the mainland UK (VAT paid) and also help with registration if required
  • Just 52,095 kilometres indicated and reportedly accurate
  • A great deal has been spent during present ownership and the vendor states that the car is accompanied by several invoices
  • The vendor states that it has been recently serviced

The Condition

  • Recently refurbished interior
  • Full leather interior with walnut trim - all in lovely condition
  • New woodwork to the door cappings 
  • Reconditioned dashboard
  • New screen surrounds
  • Recently undersealed 
  • Handsome green paintwork
  • Straight bodywork
  • Some fading to the vinyls
  • The vendor states that the headlining would benefit from a thorough clean
  • There is some bubbling to the paint on the D pillar and the bass of the doors
  • The vendor points out some corrosion to the sills inside the door shuts

The Mechanics 

  • 1275 cc A Series engine
  • Automatic gearbox
  • Equipped with air-conditioning
  • Recent oil service, new battery and new spark plugs
  • Significant recent expenditure on the starter motor and ignition system
  • The vendor informs us that it starts easily, runs well, and is great fun to drive
  • We’re assured that there are no current mechanical faults

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1997
  • Make Mini
  • Model Cooper
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 52,095 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1275
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location International
  • Country Guernsey

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