Having devised the iconic original back in the early 1960s, John Cooper sold his own modified Minis under the ‘Mini Cooper’ name from the mid-1980s, before Rover’s acquisition of the rights to the name made it possible to officially re-launch the model in September 1990. The new Mini Cooper was based on the Mini 30, the most luxuriously equipped Limited Edition Mini to date, but fitted with the 1,275cc engine rather than the 30’s 998cc unit. What would turn out to be the final Mini version – the Mark 7 – arrived in 1996. Changes included twin-point fuel injection, higher final drive gearing, driver’s airbag, side impact beams, additional sound insulation, improved front seats, front-mounted radiator and a ‘Sportpack’ option. By the time production ceased in 2000, a total of well over 5 million Minis of all types had been produced, making it the best selling British car of all time.
Dating from the final year of the Mini’s production in its original form, this Mini Cooper has covered a mere 26,000-or-so miles from new. Most attractively finished in British Racing Green with ‘white’ roof, it comes with service history that supports the mileage. Offered with fresh MoT and Swansea V5 registration document, this low-mileage Mini Cooper represents an opportunity to acquire a last-of-the-line example of one of the world’s greatest cars, which can only become increasingly collectible.