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NO RESERVE: 2005 MINI COOPER S - JCW TUNING KIT

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This R53 Mini Cooper S JCW is a sound example of the popular hot hatch, benefiting from the dealer-fit tuning kit as well as suspension and brake upgrades. It is powered by a supercharged 1.6-litre inline-four, upgraded with the JCW package to around 207bhp, coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox and limited-slip differential. The odometer shows 111,980 miles, and the car is being offered at No Reserve.

The rare JCW Tuning Kit features an upgraded exhaust manifold, spark plugs, injectors, air intake with a cone filter, a cat-back exhaust and an ECU remap. The car was first registered in September 2005, and has three previous keepers on the log book. It was acquired by the vendor just over three years ago.

Its original factory specification included the Chrono package, leather seats, cruise control, power folding mirrors and headlight washers. The car has since been modified with a B12 Pro suspension kit using Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs, and the brakes have been upgraded to the R56 type with JCW callipers, HEL braided brake lines and with 294mm grooved discs. A mesh front grille has also been fitted.

Today, its bodywork and paint are described as being in fair condition, and the black finish would benefit from a refresh to bring it up to a very good standard. There is no evidence of panel damage, and the black paintwork is believed to be all original. The vendor reports stone chips around the front end, a scratch under the front grille, two spots of corrosion over the rear number plate, and another near the fuel filler cap. There is also a touched-in blemish near the offside door handle, and general surface scratches and swirl marks around the body. The OEM 17-inch alloy wheels have been powder-coated in a satin black finish, and are generally in great shape with the exception of a small kerb mark on the nearside front rim.

Inside, the black leather upholstery presents well considering the age and mileage, with no rips or tears in the material, and only modest wear and some ‘puddling’ on the seat bases that is very common with Minis of this era. The dashboard and door cards are in good order, and all of the switchgear works as it should - though the light for the central airflow selector does not illuminate. The rear metallic cup holder rim is also loose due to two connecting legs being missing.

This Mini Cooper S benefits from more than £3,500 worth of mechanical work completed during the vendor’s ownership over the last three years. In September 2019 at approximately 109,000 miles, the car had an oil service as well as a new timing chain fitted. This is when the suspension was upgraded to the B12 Pro kit, and a new OEM supercharger pulley and belt were also installed. Finally, it received new front brake discs and callipers, plus new brake pads all around.

During the service in November 2018, two new front tyres were fitted, and Powerflex suspension bushes were installed. In December 2017 it had a new clutch, flywheel, starter motor and catalytic converter; as well as a replacement power steering fan and new brake pipes. Other new OEM parts fitted in the last three years include a new crank pulley, exhaust downpipe, front suspension arms, body control module, radiator and battery.

The last MOT test was carried out on 4 February 2020 at 110,186 miles, when it achieved a pass with no advisories. The day before, it had initially failed based on excessive play in the nearside front track rod end ball joint, and a steering rack joint gaiter that had perished. Both items were subsequently rectified.

Its tyres are all in good condition, with plenty of tread left. The rear tyres are around three years old and have covered some 11,000 miles. The front tyres are just over two years old, and have covered around 8,000 miles.

Accompanying the car are all of the original handbooks and other literature, including a partially stamped maintenance record. There is also an extensive service history file, with receipts for all parts and labour during the current ownership documenting the work listed above.

This Mini Cooper S is an exciting hot hatch, with the desirable addition of a dealer-fit JCW Tuning Kit, not to mention more recent suspension and brake upgrades. It has been maintained with long-term ownership in mind, and is only now offered for sale due to the seller requiring a larger family car. While the paintwork would benefit from refurbishment, the Mini is reported to drive superbly, and would no doubt make a fun car to enjoy on weekend blasts, or perhaps even as a well-sorted example for track days.

The description of this auction lot is, to the best of the seller's knowledge, accurate and not misleading. Collecting Cars requests a range of detail about the lot from the seller, and performs a level of due diligence. However, bidders must satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of the description, and conduct any research they feel is necessary before committing to a bid. Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.

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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