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Name: Gaynor Samp­son Car: 2001 Cooper Sport 500 Lo­ca­tion: Northamp­ton

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This Cooper was orig­i­nally owned by Gaynor’s mum, who had al­ways owned Mi­nis and in 2001 de­cided to bite the bul­let and chop in her beloved 1997 Tahiti Cooper Sport for her last chance to own a new Cooper Sport, be­fore the re­main­ing stock had been sold. She used it as her daily for 15 years and re­fused to part with it when her mo­bil­ity be­came a prob­lem. Just be­fore she passed away, in May 2016, she told Gaynor to sell it but the whole fam­ily agreed that it should, in­stead, re­main a part of the fam­ily. Around six-months later, the Cooper Sport 500 reg­is­ter con­firmed that this car was 419/500 of the Cooper Sports 500s — mak­ing it the 81st last Clas­sic Mini off the pro­duc­tion line! Driv­ing the car still puts a smile on Gaynor’s face, and she will never part with it.

Gaynor’s Cooper is num­ber 419 of 500 of the Sport 500s. This Mini is a fam­ily heir­loom.

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