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This well-specified Rover Mini Cooper is a great example of arguably the definitive city car, benefiting from an in-depth mechanical and cosmetic restoration. Under the bonnet is a 1,275cc fuel-injected inline-four, driving the front wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox. The odometer reads 26,703 miles.

Initially registered on 24 March 1993, this UK-market Mini Cooper has been owned by the current vendor for the past 18 months, with three previous keepers on the log book. Having being taken off the road in 2007, the Mini was more recently the subject of a full bare-metal restoration, with the shell stripped, and treated to replacement panels where necessary.

Any corrosion exposed during the process meant replacement panels, with the front end, sills, scuttle panel and floors being renewed, along with the doors, bonnet and boot. The shell was then epoxy-primed and professionally resprayed in metallic British Racing Green. The undersides and wheel arches have also been treated with stone chip shield paint.

The engine was also rebuilt during this process, with a new alternator, brake master cylinder and other ancillaries fitted, as can be seen in the photo gallery. The vendor states that the Mini has only covered approximately 30 miles in total since the completion of the restoration in August 2019.

The condition of the Mini reflects the recent restoration process it has undergone. The paintwork presents exceptionally well, and all of the chromework is also in excellent condition, with no pitting present in the finish. New door rubbers and seals were used throughout, ensuring all the smaller details matched the quality of the rest of the restoration. It is fitted with 12-inch Minilite wheels, which are in excellent condition with no kerbing marks or other damage.

Inside, the black half-leather interior features red accents on both the door cards and seat piping, complementing the red from the floor carpets. The original seats, carpets and steering wheel were retained during the restoration process to keep the slight patina, with modest wear present on the driver’s seat and minor creasing elsewhere.

A new headlining was installed, along with replacement sun visors and door cards, new rear quarter trims and rear storage bins. The original Rover radio cassette player is a charming touch, which remains in situ and fully operational. The vendor states that everything remains in working order.

A comprehensive service, with all fluids replaced, was carried out in August 2020 during the rebuild of the gearbox by Guessworks of Rugby. This work included removal of the engine, replacement of 2nd gear and its baulk ring, re-shimming of the idler gear, replacement of the clutch plate and refitting of the engine. Fully-adjustable ‘hi-lo’ coil spring suspension has been fitted, giving this Mini a more compliant ride than the short-wheelbase city car is normally known for.

The most recent MOT test was on 22 September 2020 at 26,692 miles. This was a first-time pass with zero advisories or defects. It rides on matching Imperial tyres, which are reported to be in excellent as-new condition.

This Rover Mini Cooper 1.3i is a freshly restored example of a British icon. Offering a desirable colourway and benefiting from rebuilt mechanicals as well as a superb cosmetic finish, it is begging to be enjoyed as a versatile city car, or across twisting country lanes on sunny weekends.

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All UK-registered 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.

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