In September of 1990, Rover re-introduced the Mini Cooper with their own updates and revisions to the classic British motoring icon. A 1275cc A series engine – which was updated to include fuel injection allowed customers to quickly adapt and live with this car. In addition, bigger wheels, bigger fuel tank and brakes made the Mini more ‘practical’ than its predecessors. Produced until the year 2000, the (Rover) Mini is known as a car that can be easily driven around a city, yet dominate motorsports with the right amount of tuning and driving technique – thanks to its ‘go-kart’ handling and lightweight chassis engineered by Sir Alec Issigonis and John Cooper.
To celebrate the model’s 35th anniversary, Rover released a limited production run of 1,701 Mini Cooper ‘35th Anniversary’ Editions – all of which sported a unique colour combination consisting of an exterior in Almond Green, a roof finished in Diamond White, and a Porcelain Green interior (though for the Japanese market, a number did also come Red). Reportedly, 1,200 were sold to the Japanese market, while 200 were sold for the UK market.
This example is a 1996 Rover Mini Cooper 35th Anniversary Edition – finished in its original combination of Almond Green with a Diamond White roof and a Porcelain Green interior. Like most 35th Anniversary Edition Minis, this example was sold originally for the Japanese market and was imported to Hong Kong in 2019 – though no auction sheet was kept on record, this Mini has gone through a full body respray (in its original colour code Almond Green). The interior has been kept in its original form from the Porcelain Green upholstery to the wood trim. The seller has performed all of the routine servicing including engine oil and transmission fluid changes – they report this Mini 35th Anniversary drives and handles in true classic Mini fashion – its engine and running gear are in great condition and runs excellent. This car has 0 previous owners since its arrival in Hong Kong, with a current mileage of 81,833km and a valid road license until 19th October, 2022.
The Almond Green exterior – is in excellent condition thanks to the full exterior respray. The same is observed for the 35th Anniversary exclusive Diamond White finished roof which does not show any bubbling in the paint or edges of the roof. All of the rubber trim along the windows and doors are intact with none showing any damage. The bright work including the front grille and chrome bumpers have no corrosion or surface patina. There is no rust to be found on any of the wheel arches. All of the original badges, emblems and stickers are present and have been well preserved. All of the headlights and tail lights, especially the rally-inspired lights mounted on the front grille are still clear and shine bright. Both side doors, the front bonnet and boot open and close without any issues – no serious patina was found on their latches or hinges. All four wheels are free of any kerb rash or surface damage. The rear exhaust is fully intact and has no surface patina.
Interior and Trim
A look inside and the classic compact interior of a Mini Cooper greets you. Both Porcelain Green seats in the front and rear in great condition with none showing any surface wear. The wood trim along the dashboard is also in excellent condition with no scratches or markings to report of. The steering wheel, finished in Porcelain Green leather as well, is free of any upholstery peeling or trim wear. The matching Porcelain Green leather finished shift knob does have some surface wear, but can be resolved with some TLC or a refurbishment if desired – the shift column and handbrake operate as they should. Both driver and passenger side manually-operated windows wind down and up without any difficulty. None of the switchgear and buttons are missing and do not stick. The top portion of the driver’s side door panel does have some small amounts of visible paint chipping (closest to the door handle), but this can be remedied with some touch up paint if desired – the rest of the leather padded door panels as well as the entire portion of the passenger’s side door are free of any imperfections to report of.
Engine and Running Gear
Starting up this classic Mini springs the 1275cc inline-four cylinder engine instantly – the engine has plenty of buzz and presents itself eager for action (do note that this car does have a ‘kill-switch’ installed that disconnects the battery when the engine is switched off – the driver is required to switch the battery on via the ‘Power’ button located on the steering column before turning the key). The engine bay itself has been well preserved with no components possessing any serious patina – all of the original engine bay stickers and emblems have also been preserved. The manual gearbox still shifts between all 4 gears smoothly easily and there is plenty of feedback felt from the pedals. The characteristic ‘go-kart’ handling that makes a Mini – a Mini, is still present within the steering that allows this compact car to turn instantly and with confidence. The brakes are responsive to bring this compact classic to a halt. This is a fine example of one of 1,701 examples built to celebrate the Mini Cooper’s 35 years of production – finished in an eye-catching Green outside and inside. Do not miss out on this British classic – now available at the Car Farm.
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