RARE MINI GOLDMINE RE­VEALED

De­liv­ery mileage, fa­mous ‘spe­cial’, and last one reg­is­tered. All at one dealer

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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 ❚

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