By the time the Mini celebrated its 30th anniversary it had already passed the remarkable production milestone of 5 million (achieved in 1986). Based on the Mini Mayfair and introduced in June 1989, the ‘30’ was the most luxuriously equipped Mini Limited Edition model to date. Just two alternative paint schemes were offered – Cherry Red or black – featuring contrasting duo-tone coachlines and ‘1959-1989’ decals and bonnet badge. Wheelarch extensions, door mirrors and sill covers were colour matched to the body, chrome finish being reinstated for the grille, bumpers and door handles, while Minilite-style alloy wheels (soon to feature on the Mini Cooper) were a particularly handsome addition to the package. 3,000 cars were built for the UK market, the colour split being 2,000 in red, 1,000 in black.
Since the 1960s, Wood & Pickett was the premiere coach builder for Minis, outfitting vehicles for both celebrities and royalty. These included members of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Elton John, celebrity sportsmen and members of the acting fraternity. Wood & Pickett were justly proud that they produced the most expensive Minis in the world. High-end interior finishes and personalized details adorned the mini’s belonging to many of the rich and famous over the years and one noteworthy example is Mick Jagger’s Cooper, though exact specifications and whereabouts are not known.
Not only is this Mini ‘30’ finished in the rarer black livery with matching red-piped leather interior, however it, just like Jaggers Cooper, has ‘Wood & Pickett’ coachwork, rare for any Mini, let alone for one of the Anniversary Mini ‘30’s.
Other noteworthy mentions for this wonderful three owner car from new include, a wood-trimmed dashboard, a sunroof and luxurious leather trimming. In storage for the last ten years, the car has been re-commissioned and MoT’d. A total of 25,000 recorded miles have been recorded on the odometer. Included in the cars history file are its MoT certificate and Swansea V5 document, stamped service book & original after sale service voucher, mini handbook and numerous invoices.