The Mark VII mini (from 1996) was the final version, twin point injection with front-mounted radiator. Full-width dashboard replaces the original shelf, internal bonnet release. Introduction of airbag on driver's side. The basic Mini was the 1.3i, the other model in the range being the Mini Cooper. The end of production in October 2000 not only signalled the end of original Mini production after 41 years, but also brought about the demise of the 1275cc engine which had powered the Mini and numerous other BL/BMC/ARG cars for more than 35 years. The Mini was offered in a number of limited editions that usually included a special combination of trim and badging, but some also included mechanical upgrades.
This example has had just 1 owner from new and a genuine mileage of 9,420. Presented in gorgeous Platinum Silver with Ivory half leather and Balmoral trim, this is a very rare model. It has just been MOT'd and serviced, with no advisories after being stored for 7 years in a garage following the owners death. After extensive recommissioning (over £3,000 of invoices in the last 12 months in the file offering the new owner peace of mind) this Mini is a real pleasure to drive. The engine and gearbox are so tight, and it doesn't suffer from the rust issues so common with late Minis.
Mr Wotherspoon purchased his beloved Mini in June 1999 from local Rover main dealer, Macdonalds of Glasgow (original dealer plates & tax disc holder still present). He covered approximately 800 miles per annum, all documented in the vehicle's MOT history, before his passing in 2010 where ownership transferred to his wife according to HPI, although the V5c still shows 1 owner.
The 12" alloys remain un-kerbed and unblemished, together with the original Rover radio cassette player with code present in vehicle documents. The interior is spotless and really shows off well with the contrasting and rare silver coachwork. The headlining is tight and unmarked. Gorgeous Ivory dials on an unmarked full wooden dash, the driver’s seat is a lovely place to be. All chrome is bright and glass free from chips or scratches.
This model was launched as one of Rovers run out Mini's, sharing the same MPI 63bhp engine as the Cooper, costing the same amount new, but more luxurious and without the box arches and wider alloys, it drives so much better. Indeed, non-Cooper models are not only rarer but seem to have had less owners and far more cosseted lives. It benefits from a Halogen headlamp conversion for improved night driving but otherwise as it left the factory, including airbag, immobiliser and factory alarm, 2 sets of keys, security etched tinted glass and superb Pirelli tyres.
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