The Classic Mini Cooper Sport – An Insight
Instantly recognised around the world, the “classic” Mini is without doubt one of the most illustrious cars to be designed and manufactured in Britain. Produced by the British Motor Company (BMC) and Rover between 1959-2000, the Mini was actually conceived out of austerity. Sir Leonard Lord (Head of the Morris Company) commissioned his lead engineer, Alec Issigonis, to design a small fuel-efficient car capable of carrying four adults and yet be affordable to all. Since small was fashionable Issigonis was also told that the new vehicle had to fit into a box no larger than 10ft long x 4ft wide x 4ft high. It was from this challenge that the Mini was born. Amazingly, despite a few minor modifications over the years, the overall concept and design for the vehicle remained largely true to Issigonis’s initial idea. Though small in size, the Mini’s space-saving transverse engine and front-wheel drive arrangement allowed for 80% of the floorplan area to be used for occupants and their luggage, a layout that influenced a generation of car manufacturers.
While the car would prove to be a great example of well-engineered micro design, the iconic Mini persona is really its most enduring legacy. The crowning glory came in 1999 when the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century (behind the Ford Model T) by the Global Automotive Elections Foundation. Awarded merely a year before the final Mini would roll off the Longbridge production line, it was perhaps a fitting farewell to a car which had endured largely unchanged for over 4 decades, had sold 5,387,862 examples to every corner of the globe, and whose honest construction had entered the hearts of us all.
The Mini Cooper Sport was the final edition of the classic Mini. Each car was built to a very high specification which included Rallye-style fog and spot lamps, Sportspack wheel arches, 13” alloy wheels, full leather trim in black and grey, chrome bezel gauges and an engine-turned dash with magnolia faced dials. There was a choice of four exterior colours; British Racing Green, Tahiti Blue, Solar Red and Anthracite, each with a Platinum Silver roof and matching bonnet stripes.
Our Classic Mini Cooper Sport For Sale
First registered on 13th December 2000, our stunning Mini Cooper Sport for sale is presented in Tahiti Blue with Platinum Silver roof and bonnet stripes. She has covered just 28,000 miles from new – a mere 2,500 miles in the past five years – and is in fantastic condition.
The Mini has evidently been meticulously maintained throughout its life and is sold freshly serviced and MoT’d until 24th August 2022 with no advisories. All four alloy wheels are newly refurbished and she also benefits from a new alternator belt, hi-los and knuckles. Supplied with two sets of keys and a history folder containing service history, MoT certificates and sundry receipts dating back to the point of registration.
This classic Mini Cooper Sport is without doubt one of the best examples on the market. If you know what you are looking for you will truly appreciate this car!
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Sell Your Classic Car
At PM Antiques, we specialise in the purchase and sale of classic cars. Our aim is to make it easy for you to sell. So, what can you expect?
- You’ll work directly with the founder, Phil Mires
- We’ll explain the process and answer any questions
- We’ll pay a fair price – avoiding auction house fees and commission – and we’ll pay quickly
If you are looking to sell a classic car, simply Email Us your photos and covering details and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Please provide as much information as possible including vehicle make and model, registration, mileage, service history, provenance and condition.
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