RARE MINI GOLDMINE REVEALED
Delivery mileage, famous ‘special’, and last one registered. All at one dealer
A classic Mini specialist has managed to get both the last Mini ever officially registered and the final example modified at John Cooper’s workshops into its stock. Not only that, but GC Motors, of Swanley, Kent is also offering one of the world’s lowest mileage ERA special edition Minis, plus two Coopers with a mere 128 miles between them.
‘We’ve been established since 1968 and normally have 100 or more Minis in stock. We always have something unusual, but the current situation is exceptional,’ says the firm’s Kevin Cornish. He adds: ‘We are well-known in Mini circles and pride ourselves on giving sellers a good, hasslefree deal, and that’s why people come to us. We also have many contacts.’
Classic Mini VE51 EOZ was registered on 31 December 2001, after the purchaser of the car, originally a cancelled order, had arranged via Rover and dealer Clarkes of Longbridge for registration to be held back. This was the last day that Rover’s Certificate of Conformity for the cars was still valid and the car was included in Rover’s records as the last example ever registered. Bought as part of a collection owned by a family coach company, the Mini has just 131 miles on the clock. Finished in Anthracite and Old English White, the car is for sale at £23,995.
Also on offer is the last Mini to be outshopped at John Cooper’s Worthing premises, with a letter signed by the man himself to prove it. The car has 32 miles on the clock. A precise price for this car has yet to be decided but substantial offers are invited.
A mere 436 Rover Mini ERA turbos were built, the vast majority exported. GC Motors is offering surely the world’s least travelled example, with a mere 84 miles recorded, at £39,995. This car is travel weary compared with a black Mini Cooper RSP, with just 31 miles on the clock. Also for sale is a 2000 Mini Cooper Sport with 396 miles and a white-withblack-roof 1965 Austin Mini Cooper S 1275 with MoT certificates dating back to 1969. Nick Larkin www.gcminis.co.uk ❚