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. The 998cc engine could now run on unleaded petrol, and a catalytic converter was available as an option. 3,000 cars were built for the UK market, the colour split being 2,000 in red, 1,000 in black.
This Mini Mayfair presented in blue with grey interior comes with a rare automatic gearbox. Described as being in good condition throughout, the car has had 5 owners from new and is MOT’d until October 2017. A charming little car and offered at a reasonable price, these Mini ‘30’ are sure to go up in value whilst providing the buyer with a huge amount of fun along the way.