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Lot 359 - 1997 Mini Cooper

Formerly the Property of the Duke of Westminster

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£945

Auction Autosport International January 2016
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Lot Number 359
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number WD154344
Year 1997
Make Mini
Model Cooper

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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 30s 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.

From 2003 until 2009 this particular mini was the property of The Duke of Westminster. Offered today It Retains its original book pack which includes the service book which confirms its regular maintenance . In 2010 the coachwork was refinished. In 2013 a replacement Gearbox with a four pin differential was fitted .

Having only been used a Sunday car, and for shows and special trips, most recently  it has been modified with Cobra Sport seats, a monolita steering wheel Bullet door mirrors an RC 40 Exhaust system. It as covered only 7000 miles in the last five years and comes with a cherished no K14 MOH.


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