MINI COOPER 1.3 SPORTS PACK
EVER POpULAR WITH KERB-APPEAL IN SPADES
Clock, cigarette lighter, ashtray, interior courtesy light, 3 spoke bi-coloured leather sports steering wheel, drivers air-bag, sun visors, glove box, , 4 speed manual transmission, rear passenger seat belts, optional, full leather seats with stone beige piping, embossed with Mini Cooper emblems, wooden gear knob, door cappings and dashboard, cream/magnolia instrument dials, perforated aluminium door handles, window winders and accelerator pedal, heated rear screen, factory air conditioning, Mini branded over-mats, JVC face-off radio C.D, twin rally style drivers lamps.
Solar red with white roof, bonnet stripes, and contrasting door mounted drivers mirrors.
Clear front indicator lenses, Mini Cooper decals, extended wheel arches and side skirts/sills, central chrome tip exhaust pipe, chrome front grill.
The entire exterior is in a remarkable condition, especially for a car nearly 23 year old. Obviously, benefiting greatly from having spent so many years in a warm, and dryer climate.
All chrome gleams brightly, with no evidence of any surface corrosion. There are no scratches or small car-park dents along either flank, and the whole car presents extremely well having just been machine polished and finished.
A very familiar environment for so many drivers, simple, yet completely functional. The headlining is still taught and unmarked. Optional full leather seats are supportive, adjustable and show no signs of wear or cracking. Likewise the dashboard and wooden door cappings, no fading or split varnish. Rear seats are also completely unmarked and appear virtually as new. Over-mats have protected the original carpets, so they remain totally intact.
WHEELS & TYRES
Wheels are all deep dish Superlight 13”inch alloys, with virtually new, matching Yokahama A539 tyres, size 175/50R 13 72V.
SERVICE HISTORY & PROVENANCE
First supplied to, and registered in Japan 01/12/1997, then repatriated by its only U.K. owner in early 2008, where it has remained in his care for the last 12 years.
An enthusiast owner and regular participant in the annual Auto Glym London to Brighton Mini Run, plus attended many other national shows and events.
There is a well documented, original service record, showing visits at 4108, 8219, 13,444, 38,357, 49,927, 57,670, 65,961, 71,580, 73,315, 73,523 kms.
The last service was carried out on 21/02/2020 which included plugs, oil change, coil pack, and new battery with 5 year guarantee. Front brake pads were replaced at 73,315 kms. Many of the exhaust components have also been replaced. The majority of original MOT certificates are available in the history file, and the current test runs until Feb 2021.
All Handbooks and manuals are present in Owners Wallet, including buyers original “Welcome Pack”, plus two keys.
THE DRIVE & ENGINE
Powered by the famous BMC Austin A-plus series engine, with 1275cc and direct fuel injection, developing approx 63 hp driving the front wheels. Only weighing 1050kgs,
0 –60 mph can be achieved in 11.8 secs, with a top speed around 93 mph. Braking is provided by 213 mm discs at the front, with 178 mm drums at the rear.
The Cooper starts willingly and soon settles to a smooth idle. On the move, the direct steering and confident road holding, matched by the exhaust notes purposeful burble help guarantee an enjoyable driving experience.
The clutch is light and moving through the 4 speed manual box is a joy.
With room for four adults, and a boot capable of absorbing all their luggage, a range of 285 miles per tank, it’s simple to see why these lovable cars have remained so favourably planted in the cultural psyche of G.B. and guaranteed an enviable global identity.