it’s a low-mileage Mini face-off!

Two auc­tion houses, two barely used Cooper rar­i­ties, and both have sim­i­lar pre-sale es­ti­mates

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

1990 Rover Mini Cooper RSP

Mileage: 293 auc­tion house: H&H (www.handh.co.uk) sale: Don­ing­ton park, 16 No­vem­ber es­ti­mate: £17,500-£22,500 story: This RSp is one of 1650 made, and one of 1050 that stayed in the UK. It’s be­ing en­tered by a pri­vate col­lec­tor, with the cur­rent owner buy­ing it be­cause of its ‘time­warp’ con­di­tion. It was pur­chased new in 1990 and has since had two reg­is­tered keep­ers. con­di­tion: It’s been dry stored for the last two years by two sep­a­rate own­ers, so it should be in tip top con­di­tion – es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the cur­rent ven­dor is a col­lec­tor. It’s sup­plied with orig­i­nal bill of sale, book pack, and pa­per­work, too. what the auc­tion house says: ‘We have had en­quiries about the Mini Cooper be­cause of its mileage and the fact that it’s had only two own­ers. It is a Rover Spe­cial prod­uct (RSp) which got the Cooper name back on the Mini. So yes, it’s a good in­vest­ment,’ – H&H’s head of sales, Damian Jones.

2000 Rover Mini Cooper Sport 500

Mileage: 439 auc­tion house: His­torics (www.his­torics. co.uk) sale: Brooklands, 26 No­vem­ber

es­ti­mate: £17,000-£20,000 story: This lim­ited-run Cooper Sport 500 was bought as an in­vest­ment for the owner’s grand­son. Un­for­tu­nately, the owner died in 2013 and the Mini was en­trusted to his daugh­ter for safe­keep­ing un­til the grand­son was ready to drive. The grand­son turned out to be too tall to fit be­hind the wheel, so it’s for sale. con­di­tion: It will have a new MoT at the sale. It comes with its cer­tifi­cate of au­then­tic­ity, au­then­tic­ity plaque, and the gift pack, still in its orig­i­nal pack­ag­ing. what the auc­tion house says: ‘What a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire surely the finest ex­am­ple from the fi­nal pro­duc­tion run of this true mo­tor­ing icon. It’s been driven on av­er­age less than 30 miles a year since new. The com­mu­nity was buzzing as soon as we an­nounced it was com­ing to sale,’ – His­torics’ auc­tion ne­go­tia­tor, John Wil­liams.

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