1990 ROVER MINI COOPER - 26,700 MILES FROM NEW

This Rover Mini Cooper is a wonderfully original example of the classic city car, with warranted low mileage. It is powered by the character 1275cc inline-four, coupled to a four-speed manual transmission. The odometer shows just 26,724 miles from new, which is fully evidenced by the accompanying history.

First registered on 26 November 1990, there is just one previous registered keeper on the log book, who kept the car for more than 22 years. It was acquired in April 2013 by the seller, who has safely stored the car as part of a private collection.

The bodywork is reported to be in excellent order, with no signs of any panel damage, and the seller is not aware of any rust of notable blemishes in the finish. Its metallic British Racing Green paint is believed to be entirely original - save for on the lower outer sills. The car rides on the correct 12-inch ‘Minilite’ alloy wheels, which have a few minor imperfections in the silver paint, but generally present well.

In the cabin, the seller reports that the interior trim is in very good condition. The seats are upholstered with black vinyl backings and black cloth facings, accented by red and green stripes. There are wood veneer door caps, and the door latches, pull handles, and window winders are drilled metal items. All of the switchgear and electrical items are currently working as they should.

Per the summary below, there are 17 services on record for the period between 1990 and 2011, with the last one on record consisting of new engine oil, an oil filter, air filter and spark plugs at 26,120 miles. Since it was acquired in 2013 it has been carefully stored, and the seller states that it will be freshly serviced ready for the next owner.

During his ownership, the Mini Cooper has also received a new powder-coated rear subframe, fresh paint on the outer sills to remove stone chip blemishes, a complete Waxoyl treatment to the underside and mounting points, and a new battery.

The most recent MOT test was on 8 August 2020 at 26,708 miles, which resulted in a first-time pass with no advisories whatsoever. The Kumho rear tyres are date-coded to 2005, while the Nankang front tyres were manufactured in 2007. They were all fitted prior to the seller’s ownership, and are believed to have covered around 4,000-6,000 miles.

Accompanying the car are all of the original handbooks, as well as the original tools as supplied. The history file contains the original invoice of sale, various invoices for servicing and parts, and numerous MOT certificates. A summary of the history is also included below.

This Rover Mini Cooper is described by the seller as an honest and highly original example, which has just one previous owner, and a very well-documented history. It is presented in the popular British Racing Green hue, and would make a fine addition to any collection of classics - though this legendary runabout is best enjoyed on the next owner’s favourite roads, where its spirited performance and compact dimensions can be fully exploited.

Summary of service history:

Below services at Carlyon Bay Rover where the car was purchased new:

  • 26.11.90 - PDI
  • 03.12.93 - 2149 miles
  • 08.12.94 - 2648 miles
  • 17.13.96 - 4241 miles
  • 16.12.97 - 5235 miles
  • 16.05.98 - 11,235 miles
  • 21.06.99 - 12,129 miles

Servicing from 1999 annually by B C Ford, St Dennis, Cornwall:

  • 22.12.99 - Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, Exhaust and bracket change
  • 20.12.00 - Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Spark Plugs
  • 20.12.02 - Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, Front Disc pads, Rear wheel cylinder, MOT, Disc pad kit, Brake fluid
  • 16.12.03 - Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, MOT
  • 14.12.04 - Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, MOT
  • 30.11.05 - Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, MOT recording 19,865 miles
  • 05.12.06 - Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, MOT recording 21,439 miles
  • 06.12.07 - Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, Rear wheel cylinder, MOT recording 22,814 miles
  • 08.12.08 - Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, Brake and Clutch Fluid, MOT recording 24,506 miles
  • 08.12.09 - Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, MOT recording 25,585 miles
  • 08.12.11- Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Spark Plugs, MOT recording 26,120 miles

All cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and has no finance owing.

Car Overview

  • 26,724 miles
  • manual
  • RHD
  • British Racing Green (Metallic) and White
  • Black
  • 1,275 cc


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Lot Overview

  • Lot #01211
  • private Sale
  • Bristol, United Kingdom

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