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