Wed, 27th Apr 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

  Lot 42

1998 Rover Mini Cooper Sport LE
No Reserve

Sold for £10,125

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: S546 EGJ
Chassis No: SAXXNAZEWD162005
MOT: November 2022

  • Understood to be one of the 100 LEs produced to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Cooper's victory in four Saloon Car Championship races in 1968
  • Just under 44,500 miles from new (atoc)
  • In current ownership since 1999 and just one former keeper
  • Offered with a history file which includes the stamped service book

Introduced in October 1996, the so-called Mk7 or MPi Mini was the last evolution of Alec Issigonis' iconic design. Boasting a front-mounted radiator, driver's airbag, taller final drive ratio, multipoint fuel injection and side-impact door bars etc, it proved a fitting swansong for one of the world's favourite cars. Only in production from March to October 2000, the Mini Classic Cooper Sport could be distinguished from earlier 'Sport Pack' equipped Coopers by its Platinum (rather than Old English White) roof and bonnet stripes. The model's widened wheel arches housed 13x6 alloy wheels, while inside it featured an alloy dashboard as well as alloy window winders, door pulls and door handles. A be-winged green Mini motif appeared on the steering wheel and alloy wheel centres, but the choice of exterior colours was limited to Solar Red, British Racing Green and Anthracite or Tahiti Blue. Regardless of their exterior hue, all Mini Classic Cooper Sports carried Nickel Silver leather seats with Black facings. The LE was introduced in 1998 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Cooper's victory in four Saloon Car Championship races in 1968, with 100 examples manufactured, 50 in Brooklands Green and 50 in Black.

Manufactured in 1998, this Cooper looks every inch the British motoring icon. It was supplied new via Epsom Motor Group Rover in December 1998 to its first keeper. The Cooper was passed to its second and only other keeper in 1999. Offered directly from the second custodian, and having covered just shy of 44,500 miles from new (at time of consignment), to date this Cooper Sport has benefitted from a partial restoration in 2015, clutch overhaul in 2017, a new battery and renewed heater fan assembly in 2020. Accompanied by the original bookpack, two stamped service books and further service invoices illustrating fifteen services. Offered with previous MOT certificates, invoices, a previous logbook and a current V5C document, this is an attractive example ready for a new custodian to enjoy.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


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